A towering bronze sculpture of Venerable Patrick Peyton, crafted by artisans in Ortesei and Verona, Italy, was delivered to Easton last week.
A beautiful, handcrafted, Italian sculpture in the likeness of Holy Cross Family Ministries founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton, arrived at the Father Peyton Center in North Easton, Massachusetts, on January 9, 2021.
Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., born on January 9 in 1909, in County Mayo, Ireland, was known as the Rosary Priest, who professed that ‘the family that prays together stays together.’ He is a candidate for Sainthood and the recent subject of a documentary film in theaters this past fall, ‘PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON’. Holy Cross Family Ministries carries on Father Peyton’s mission to help families experience the unifying benefits of family prayer.
“We are so pleased with the sculptors’ creation, which not only captures his image and likeness, but also provides an impression of who he was – a humble and holy man,” said Father Wilfred Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, “This statue honors the life of Father Peyton and will inspire visitors to the Museum of Family Prayer.”
The statue stands over 8 feet tall and was created by a team of sculptors under the supervision of Reto Demetz of Demetz Art Studio in Ortisei, Italy, and was then cast in bronze by Mazzolini Artcraft Co. in Verona, Italy. The production of the statue was managed by Holy Cross Family Ministries and John Mazzolini of Mazzolini Artcraft, and has traveled from Italy to a Mazzolini facility in Cleveland, and will arrive in Easton on Saturday.
“We have had the privilege of creating sculptural works of art of many famous people,” said John Mazzolini, Mazzolini Artcraft Company. “This project was special to us as we came to learn about Father Peyton’s legacy and his impact on millions of people around the world. We think this statue is a testament to his life and will inspire many in the years to come.”
Father Peyton, a Catholic media pioneer, spent the 51 years of his priesthood serving the spiritual needs of families. During his life, he led millions in prayer at 40 Family Rosary Rallies that drew 28 million people, including 2 million each at events in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Manila, Philippines. He touched millions of lives by spreading his famous message, “The family that prays together stays together.”
Father Peyton’s mission continues today through 26 mission centers in 17 countries. Each mission center provides digital complimentary prayer resources on a variety of platforms for families as well as face-to-face events, including Rosary rallies, days of reflection, seminars, and other fun, faith-filled events.
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