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HE'S NOT A SAINT - YET ; EASTON MINISTRY BUILDS CASE FOR FOUNDER FATHER PEYTON'S CANONIZATION
[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Clergy; Saints
Author: Sweeney, Emily
Date: Jan 20, 2005
Start Page: 1
Section: Globe South
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At the ministries' headquarters, a campaign is underway to have [Patrick Peyton] declared a saint. For Peyton to enter into sainthood, the Vatican must be convinced that he was responsible for two miracles. The letters on [Joanne Campanello]'s desk may contain bits of evidence that Holy Cross officials need to navigate a process in which divine intervention meets political bureaucracy. So Campanello documents each one carefully.

In addition to his radio and TV work, Peyton held Rosary rallies, and was known for coining such phrases as "The family that prays together, stays together," and, "A world at prayer is a world at peace." Family Theater Productions, the media arm of the Holy Cross Family Ministries, still uses Peyton's mottoes on billboards, along with newer slogans like "God Makes House Calls" and "Got Faith?" a religious twist on a popular dairy marketing campaign. The prayer slogans have appeared on more than 60,000 billboards in 37 states, according to the Holy Cross Family Ministries Internet website, www.familyrosary.org.

The next step involves collecting more information on Peyton's life. A postulator and a vice-postulator, who serve as a candidate's advocates, are researching Peyton's career and hearing testimony to make their case to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. If they get the green light from that panel and approval from the pope, Peyton would earn the title "Venerable."

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