New York families looking to enhance their prayer life may want to pay a visit to North Easton, Mass. That’s where the soon-to-open Museum of Family Prayer will showcase interactive and inspiring exhibits focusing on the power of family prayer.
Holy Cross Family Ministries, which seeks to strengthen families and help them pray together, will open the first of its kind museum Sept. 15.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., president of HCFM, said in a statement, “In order to engage in this technology-filled world, the Museum of Family Prayer is filled with impactful images, digital and audio media and projected prayers to show that in every corner of the world people are praying…This commonality unites, rather than divides. The museum is open to everyone, of every faith.”
The museum’s programs and facilities include exhibits, graphics, media content, a family room and chapel designed to be both interactive and reflective.
The museum, located on the grounds of HCFM, will continue the mission of Venerable Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., who encouraged families to pray daily, particularly the Rosary. Father Peyton, C.S.C., who was born in Ireland, was known as “The Rosary Priest.” He was a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and a University of Notre Dame graduate.
Father Peyton was a Catholic media pioneer in radio and television who founded Family Rosary in 1942. He also founded Family Theater Productions in 1947 and spent his priesthood serving the spiritual needs of families worldwide. His cause for canonization was opened in 2001.
In 2000, these and other programs Father Peyton founded were placed under the umbrella of Holy Cross Family Ministries. It was Father Peyton who wisely coined this spiritual advice: “The family that prays together stays together.” He also advised, “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” He died in Los Angeles in 1992 at age 83.
The museum is located at 518 Washington St., North Easton, Mass. The museum hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. Information: www.MuseumOfFamilyPrayer.org