The Man Who Made Hollywood Pray

June 21st, 2011

A Catholic Digest classic from the June 1948 issue

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“The family that prays together stays together” — even Catholics who aren’t familiar with Patrick Peyton’s name have heard those famous words of his. From his humble beginnings in Ireland, Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton rose to international fame and media stardom and did much to promote prayer, devotion to Mary, and family cohesiveness.


Known as the Rosary Priest, Peyton started the Family Rosary crusade in 1942 and through it influenced millions of people to pray the Rosary. In 1947 he started Family Theater Productions, which, to date, has produced over 900 radio and television programs and films.


Today, both Family Rosary and Family Theater continue to thrive as part of Holy Cross Family Ministries. In addition, Fr. Peyton’s cause for sainthood has been opened and is currently with the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.


This article gives us a profile of Peyton closer to the beginning of his storied career, when he had only his charm and whatever help God would give him to talk a major radio network into giving him airtime, while simultaneously talking one of Hollywood’s biggest stars — Bing Crosby — into appearing on his program for free. In the shows that followed he booked Jimmy Stewart, Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Maureen O’Sullivan, Shirley Temple, Gregory Peck, Loretta Young, and many, many more.


So here, from June 1948, is Fr. Patrick Peyton, OSC, “The Man Who made Hollywood Pray.”


Dan Connors



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