NORTH EASTON, Mass. – June 10, 2019 – Holy Cross Family Ministries, a family of ministries that strengthens families and helps families pray together announces the opening of The Museum of Family Prayer: A Contemporary Experience of Father Peyton’s ongoing ministry in North Easton, Mass. The Museum of Family Prayer officially opens on Sunday, September 15 and continues the work of Venerable Patrick Peyton’s mission of encouraging families to pray daily, particularly the Rosary. Father Patrick Peyton, a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, was a Catholic media pioneer and now sainthood candidate, who founded Family Rosary in 1942 and Family Theater Productions in 1947 and spent his priesthood serving the spiritual needs of families worldwide.
The museum offers a unique, interactive experience of prayer using digital media for the entire family to experience together. The museum is expected to attract those on pilgrimages who will be traveling to the museum for spiritual reasons, as well as visitors and guests who want to explore more about prayer.
It will offer a lively, interactive experience allowing those who visit to touch, listen and watch, reflect and pray.
“Our work is to educate, inform and celebrate the mission of Father Patrick Peyton as well as educate and enlighten those who journey here to learn more about the power of prayer” says Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., president, Holy Cross Family Ministries. “In order to engage in this technology-filled world, The Museum of Family Prayer is filled with impactful images, digital and audio media and projected prayers to show that in every corner of the world people are praying—Catholics, other Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and others— this commonality unites, rather than divides. The Museum is open to everyone, of every faith.”
The Museum of Family Prayer shares the power of family prayer through state of the art interactive, educational, reflective and immersive opportunities through exhibits, graphics, media content, a family room and chapel creating a lively, interactive experience allowing guests to touch, listen and watch, reflect and pray, all with the focus of prayer and the works of Father Peyton. Guests can see and hear audio and video messages on the Blessed Virgin Mary and relax in The Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel.
Father Peyton known as the “Rosary Priest,” would continually remind families worldwide that “The family that prayers together stays together.” Father Peyton’s ministry is still strong and vibrant and after more than 70 years, continues to support families in 17 countries. The museum is a showcase of his vision, work and of course the power of prayer.
“In today’s world, prayer is needed now more than ever,” says Father Willy. “We continue Father Peyton’s legacy promoting the power of prayer. We hope that the Museum’s multimedia experience speaks to those who are looking for inspiration, exploration and connections.”
Father Peyton was a true media pioneer and believed that media could serve as a powerful tool in strengthening families by encouraging daily prayer as a means to family unity and world peace. In fact, in 1947 Father Peyton founded Family Theater Productions to reach more families through the use of radio and quickly expanded to television. The museum explores the roots of prayer, the Rosary and an exploration of his Father’s Peyton’s early life and seminary years to his time in Hollywood on the radio, working with film, and his connections to Hollywood stars.
A true prayer destination for pilgrims and guests alike, the museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
About Holy Cross Family Ministries: Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM) is a family of Catholic ministries that inspire, promote and foster the prayer life and spiritual well-being of families throughout the world. Through Family Rosary, Family Theater Productions, the Father Peyton Family Institute and CatholicMom, they offer families a variety of prayer activities, resources and media to support the spirituality of the family and now offer guests, pilgrims and others to experience The Museum of Family Prayer: A Contemporary Experience of Father Peyton’s Ongoing Ministry in North Easton, Mass. HCFM helps families pray together through media including film, television, radio, apps, and internet video content and social media. Its goal is to continue the mission and vision of founder Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.. Learn more at MuseumOfFamilyPrayer.org.