Details on the Current Status of the Cause

Timeline of the Cause of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

Father Patrick Peyton died on June 3, 1992, at the age of 83, in San Pedro, California. He was buried at the cemetery of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Easton, Massachusetts. The cause was transferred from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (his place of death) to the Diocese of Fall River (the place of his burial).

July, 1997: First step in the Cause process. The Promoter group – the Congregation of Holy Cross – asked the bishop for an opening of an investigation.

June, 2001: A “nihil obstat” was granted from Rome and Father Peyton was given the title, “Servant of God.” 

October, 2003: Opening session of the Diocesan Study. Bishop George Coleman, D.D., the Bishop of Fall River, MA, presided over the opening of the Diocesan Study, which reviewed the heroic practice of virtue and reputation for holiness of Father Peyton. Diocesan tribunal members heard witnesses and testimonies on his heroic Christian virtues. The members of the Theological Commission and the Historical Commission were officially appointed.
                   - Theological Commission is appointed to study the candidate’s writings, published and unpublished to ascertain faithfulness to teachings of the Catholic Church.
                   - The Historical Commission is appointed to collect and examine all the documents of the candidate.

November 2005: the review of a possible medical miracle in East Africa is closed and the documentation is sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. A mother and son were both healed from a life-threatening disease. With Holy Cross Fathers, they prayed for Father Peyton’s intercession. To date both mother and son are symptom-free of the disease.

November, 2008: due to the significant scope of the study, the Cause for Sainthood of Father Peyton was moved from the Diocese of Fall River to the Archdiocese of Baltimore by the Holy See. Members of the ecclesiastical tribunal, which will study the life and ministry of Father Peyton, were sworn-in during a Mass and given direction by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore.

July, 2010: The tribunal in Baltimore closed and the 6,000 pages of documents were sent to Rome to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints where a review was conducted. Next the documents will be determined to be “juridically valid” per the guidelines of canon law.

November, 2010: Diocese of Albany – Tribunal Formed by His Excellency, Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany, presided over the Opening Session of the Diocesan Inquiry of the possible medical miracle attributed to Servant of God Patrick Peyton.

June, 2011: Diocese of Albany – Closing Liturgy for the Tribunal formed for the review of a possible medical miracle attributed to the intercession of Sainthood Candidate, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

December, 2014: A summary of the 6,000 pages from the Baltimore Tribunal was completed by the Postulator, Dr. Ambrosi. This document is called a Positio (or Position Document) is a 1,300 page study of Father Peyton’s life and ministry. This document is the result of the four-year study and synthesis of a 6,000 page report completed in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and 34 others dioceses around the world.

April, 2015: Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., Father David Marcham, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, presented the Positio to Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints.

NEXT: If the Congregation of the Causes of Saints determines that Father Peyton led a life of holiness - a life of heroic virtue - the Cause goes to the Holy Father and he can confer the title, “Venerable” upon Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.    


Presently, hundreds of testimonies to Father Peyton’s holiness of life have been recorded. Tens of thousands of prayer cards containing a prayer for a favor through Father Peyton's intercession are in circulation. Hundreds of favors have been reported. Some of these favors are remarkable healings for which there is no medical explanation.

Father Peyton still inspires people all over the world by his holiness of life and his strong and tender devotion to Our Blessed Mother. He is known the world over as “The Rosary Priest,” and for the slogans he popularized: The family that prays together stays together ™ and A world at prayer is a world at peace ®.

To report a favor received through the intercession of Servant of God Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., or if you have any questions about the Cause for Canonization, please email the Office of the Vice Postulator at

Servant of God Patrick Peyton
Founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries
Priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross

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