Father Peyton Center

Holy Cross Family Ministries, 518 Washington St, Easton, Massachusetts, Združene države Amerike

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Servant of God Father Peyton

Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.  (January 9, 1909 – June 3, 1992), also known as The Rosary Priest, was an Irish Roman Catholic priest and promoter of the Rosary.

Peyton is the founder of the post-World War II prayer movement called, “Family Rosary Crusade”. This campaign was harnessed by the CIA between 1958 and 1965 and was funded in order to combat leftist influence in Latin America, during the Cold War.

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Father Peyton staged massive Rosary rallies in key cities of the world and extensively utilized mass communication, helped by world-recognized celebrities of Hollywood at that time, promoting his ministry of binding families through prayer under the Family Rosary. Peyton was a popular and charismatic figure in Latin America and the Philippines, where he promoted the Rosary and was known for his strong Irish accent.

Peyton once said that “The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace”.


Visitors at the Center can walk to the Holy Cross Community Cemetery in ten minutes by taking a right onto Route 138 and visit the grave of Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC, whose grave stone is draped with rosaries left by other visitors.

The cemetery is immediately on the left of the Route 138 (Washington Street) entrance to the campus and the Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes is further up to the left about 300 feet.

Rosary Rally

From the First Rally in Canada to Families Across the World. In 1948, after a providential meeting with priests in Canada, Father Peyton was invited by Bishop John T. Kidd of London, Ontario in Canada to hold a rally about family prayer. This was the first of 260 rallies worldwide led by Father Peyton.

The Rally in Canada was a huge success where over 80,000 families, 95% of the diocese, pledged to faithfully pray the family Rosary. Father Peyton had made the first inroads in his original plan to bring the Family Rosary to 10 million families.

The Holy Cross Community Cemetery

Visitors at the Center can walk to the Holy Cross Community Cemetery in ten minutes by taking a right onto Route 138 and visit the grave of Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC, whose grave stone is draped with rosaries left by other visitors.  The cemetery is immediately on the left of the Route 138 (Washington Street) entrance to the campus and the Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes is further up to the left about 300 feet.

The Father Peyton Center

The Father Peyton Center welcomes visitors for private and communal prayer, visits to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and St. Joseph chapels where Mass is celebrated at noon Monday through Friday, the Fr. Feeley/Fr. Murphy Rosary Walk and the Holy Cross Cemetery where Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC is buried. Other sites of interest include Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto which is 300 feet on the left beyond the cemetery and the Stonehill campus with its 550 acres of beautiful lawns, lake and tree-lined walks and the Chapel of Mary at the center of the campus.

Rosary Rally

From the First Rally in Canada to Families Across the World. In 1948, after a providential meeting with priests in Canada, Father Peyton was invited by Bishop John T. Kidd of London, Ontario in Canada to hold a rally about family prayer. This was the first of 260 rallies worldwide led by Father Peyton.

The Rally in Canada was a huge success where over 80,000 families, 95% of the diocese, pledged to faithfully pray the family Rosary. Father Peyton had made the first inroads in his original plan to bring the Family Rosary to 10 million families.

The Rosary Rally, December 16, 1962 – Rio de Janiero 

Interesting Facts:

1.5 million people attend
A national football match was rescheduled
200 banners
250 large posters
91,000 small posters
71,000 stickers for cars
20 tons of equipment (Large projectors and film reels! No DVDs or computer equipment at that time!)
1 million signed pledges to pray as a family!

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