Nine Days of Prayer for Family Unity Begins January 1


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On January 9, 1909, Patrick Peyton was born in County Mayo, Ireland into humble beginnings. He found his way to the United States and into the Congregation of Holy Cross. While a seminarian and studying at Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C., Patrick was stricken with tuberculosis. For almost a full year Patrick languished in his hospital bed at Notre Dame. A wise, elderly priest encouraged him to put his trust in the power of Mary’s intercession. Almost immediately doctors saw signs of improvement and could not explain his recovery. Patrick was convinced that he had regained his health and strength through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin.

In gratitude to Our Lady, he was determined to spend the rest of his life promoting devotion to her so everyone would come to know the blessings that she is eager to bestow on those who turn to her with confidence and love.

And so he did. Venerable Patrick Peyton made it his life’s work to promote the Rosary and it continues today through Holy Cross Family Ministries. has been a part of Holy Cross Family Ministries since 2017.

We can learn so much from Patrick Peyton’s life: the power of prayer, the importance of persistence, and most especially, that ordinary people are able to accomplish extraordinary things when we surrender ourselves to the mission God has for our lives.

To celebrate and recognize his birthday, it’s only appropriate to welcome you and your loved ones to join us in praying a Novena for family strength and unity around the world.

With this petition, we are confident that through the grace of God you and your family will be spiritually enriched, thus living out Venerable Patrick Peyton’s belief that “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.”

Download the free novena prayer booklet and join us in prayer each day beginning Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Here at, we’re starting our own online chapter of the Father Peyton Guild, beginning Wednesday, January 9 with a Rosary on Facebook Live. Learn more about it and sign up to join us!

What’s the Father Peyton Guild? Find out more!

Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


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