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Fr. Peyton’s Cause, the Baltimore phase

December 2, 2008

Some clarification from the Archdiocese of Baltimore on the recent Mass celebrated by Archbishop O’Brien on the “opening” of the investigation of Fr. Patrick Peyton’s cause there.  I had pointed out the event here earlier, but I wasn’t sure why it was being referred to as the opening of Peyton’s cause, since that cause was formally opened several years ago.

Now the Archdiocese notes, in a new CNS article, that the Mass marked the opening of a “new phase” in the Peyton cause:

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore Nov. 20 presided over the opening of a new phase in the sainthood cause for Father Patrick Peyton during Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Father Peyton is best known as the “Rosary Priest,” who encouraged families through his radio and television programs in the 1940s and ’50s to pray together daily, especially by praying the rosary.

According to the archdiocese, the investigation into the priest’s cause for sainthood, which opened in June 2001 in the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., was moved from that diocese to Baltimore by the Vatican.

Members of the Baltimore ecclesiastical tribunal, which will investigate the life and ministry of Father Peyton, were sworn in by the archbishop during the Mass and are to receive instruction from him as to how their inquiry is to take place.

May it progress quickly!


Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Cause

November 20, 2008

There’s a special Mass in Baltimore today marking the opening of the cause of Fr. Patrick Peyton.  I’m not sure what it means that they’re marking the opening, since it was formally opened in 2001.  He already received the title Servant of God at that point, and I presume research into the cause has been ongoing since then.  Perhaps this is the opening of the Baltimore phase of the investigation. 

At any rate, the next step for “the Rosary Priest” would be recognition of his heroic virtues, which has not yet happened.  After that, it would take a miracle (literally) for beatification, and another for canonization.

Fr. Peyton emigrated to the United States from his native Ireland in 1928, at age 19.  He went on to become a priest here, and was very active in using the communications media (specifically, radio) for evangelization.  He died in 1992.

More on him here later, I’m sure.