Film Festival Honor for ‘Pray’ Documentary on Father Patrick Peyton


“Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton” this week received a bronze medal for Original Music in the Crafts: Films/Production category at the 59th annual New York Festivals TV & Film Awards. The score was composed by Grant Fonda.

The documentary, produced by Family Theater Productions, is the life story of Venerable Patrick Peyton, known as the Rosary Priest. He was a media pioneer in radio, television, films and billboards who led Rosary prayer meetings attended by millions of people around the world.

Father Peyton preached the importance of family prayer and is known for spreading his message, “The family that prays together stays together.” 

Father Peyton, who was born in Ireland, served for 51 years as a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross in the United States and throughout the world until his death in 1992. His mission continues in 17 countries today.

“We at Family Theater Productions are honored that (composer) Grant Fonda’s work and our film Pray received this recognition from New York Festivals,” said Father David L. Guffey, C.S.C., executive producer of the documentary and national director of Family Theater Productions.