In 1945, the immigrant Irish Catholic priest cold-called Bing Crosby, and asked him to help create a radio program to talk about prayer. Bing, along with many other big named stars, said yes, igniting a family and faith-based production company that still exists today in Hollywood.
That priest, Father Patrick Peyton, is now on the road to sainthood, having touched millions of lives, and influencing many others who only heard the phrase he coined — “the family that prays together stays together.”
PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton, an inspiring documentary premiering in Anaheim on Oct. 16, chronicles the extraordinary life of Father Patrick Peyton, the clergyman known the world over as “The Rosary Priest”, who not only produced hundreds of broadcasts, but traveled the world speaking to crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands at a time.
From his humble beginnings as a cathedral janitor in Scranton, PA, Father Peyton became a media pioneer, convincing celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Loretta Young, Jack Benny, Maureen O’Hara, Kirk Douglas, Raymond Burr, Shirley Temple, William Shatner, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, James Dean and Princess Grace to join him on radio and TV in the promotion of prayer. Family Theater Productions in Hollywood produced 900 radio and TV programs that featured hundreds of entertainers, and had more than 10,000 broadcasts.
Father Peyton began Family Rosary crusades, in Albany in 1942, with the goal of building peace during World War II through daily prayer, after using faith to heal himself from tuberculosis as a young seminarian.
With interwoven historical footage and photos, interviews with family, friends and fellow clergy, and miraculous accounts of Father Peyton’s powers PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton illuminates the life story of a 20th Century religious icon.
The film opens on Oct. 16 in Anaheim at the Starlight Cinema City Theatres, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA.