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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) for January 7, 2018

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., founder of the Family Rosary Crusade, was made an honorary Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in 1956. He is shown after receiving his lapel emblem from then-Supreme Knight Luke Hart at a meeting of the board of directors in New York on Jan. 15.

Remember the phase “the family that prays together, stays together”?  While Father Patrick Peyton, founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, may not have invented this powerful phrase – he promoted it at the end of each of his popular Family Theater Productions (a radio show which ran from the late 1940’s into the early 1960’s).  Father Peyton was a pioneer in the broadcast field of Catholic evangelization as he established several radio shows and provided the leadership in forming international Rosary Crusades.  “Many of these rallies were quite large – one in San Francisco attracted 500,000 people, while another in the Philippines was attended by 2 million”.

On Jan. 15, 1956, then-Supreme Knight Luke Hart (a St. Louisian) bestowed on Father Peyton the privilege of being an honorary Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus

“Known as the “Rosary Priest,” Father Peyton’s life was characterized by his great devotion to the rosary, which began when he was a seminarian in Washington, D.C., in 1938.  That year, when he was gravely ill with advanced tuberculosis, young Patrick was encouraged to surrender his life — and his illness — to the Blessed Mother. After he prayed the rosary, his lungs completely cleared and he was able to be ordained as a priest with the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1941”.

By 1956, just over a decade and a half later, Father Peyton’s devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary was known in nearly every Catholic family’s living room.

On Dec. 18, 2017 Pope Francis advanced the cause of Father Patrick Peyton naming him “venerable.”

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