Chapter 6

Pope Francis Declares Father Peyton Venerable

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Pope Francis Declares Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., to be Venerable

On Monday, December 18, Pope Francis promulgated the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Father Patrick Peyton, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, thus recognizing him as Venerable by the Roman Catholic Church.

The Positio on the life, virtues and reputation of holiness of Father Peyton had previously been discussed and approved by a panel of nine theologians and more recently by a group of 15 Cardinals and Archbishops who voted affirmatively to recognize his heroic virtues. The Positio refers to the volume containing the evidence that was collected from witness testimonies and supporting documents during inquiries carried out by special tribunals in several dioceses.

Hundreds of testimonies to Father Peyton’s heroic virtue and holiness of life have been recorded.

Please join us in celebrating this joyful news!

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Saints - Why?

The Church canonizes holy people not for their sakes, but to present them to the faithful as models of the Christian life and as powerful intercessors. In their triumph over the challenges of life through faith, we are inspired to trust God more fully and to serve others more generously.

Father Peyton and Mother Teresa

Father Peyton and Mother Teresa.

Saints - How?

The Church studies the life and works of those who are being proposed for canonization for evidence of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, for humility and prudence and prayerfulness, and for the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.

The Church also wants evidence that after their deaths the memory of these individuals continues to inspire the faithful to pursue holiness and to seek their intercession, so reports of favors requested and received must be kept. Extraordinary healings must have medical records, doctors' assessments, and proof that the healing is attributable to the person being proposed for Beatification/Canonization.

Father Peyton explains the Rosary to a little girl in Africa.

Father Peyton explains the Rosary to a little girl in Africa.


Stage 1

Servant of God

Promoter group asks the bishop to open an investigation. If granted, Servant of God describes someone at this stage of the process. Then a diocesan inquiry begins:

a. Testimony is gathered to examine heroic virtue and the sanctity of life.
b. Candidate's historical and theological writings gathered and reviewed.
c. If approved, all collected documentation is sent to Rome. The Postulator writes a formal summary of the heroic virtues and life of holiness of the candidate (Positio), which is sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican for review.

Stage 2


The candidate is declared Venerable after a favorable judgment of the documentation by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and Papal approval.

Stage 3


The candidate is declared Blessed by the Holy Father once a miracle is investigated and attributed to the intercession of the Venerable.

Stage 4


The Holy Father declares the candidate to be a Saint after a second miracle is attributed to the intercession of the Blessed.

Details on the Current Status of Father Peyton’s Cause

presentation of positio 2015

Presenting the Positio are (left to right) Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Cardinal Angelo Amato, Father David S. Marcham, Nina Bartulica, and Dr. Andrea Ambrosi.

Venerable Patrick Peyton’s Cause reached a new milestone in April of 2015 with the completion and presentation of the Positio—a 1,300 page report that studied his life and ministry for heroic virtue and sanctity of life (holiness).

The Positio is the synthesis of the Diocesan Inquiry (6,000 page report that included interviews with people from Father Peyton’s life: childhood to death, study of his academic life, ministry, writings, and homilies, etc.) which was conducted in 35 dioceses around the world and completed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2010.


When the Positio was received by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2015, a meeting was scheduled that would set the date for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to study Father Peyton’s life via the Positio. After studying the Positio, they found that he had lived a life of heroic virtue and sanctity of life and recommended to the Holy Father that Father Peyton should be declared “Venerable.”

On Monday, December 18, 2017, Pope Francis issued the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. He is now called Venerable Patrick Peyton.

The third stage of Sainthood requires a miracle to be officially attributed to the candidate. Miracles are considered by the Church to be signs of the holiness of the candidate for Sainthood and his or her closeness to God in the afterlife. Their evidence must prove of supernatural healing not explainable by medical treatment or scientific reasoning.

 There have been two possible medical miracles connected to Father Peyton’s intercession that have been studied in their home dioceses. Now that Father Peyton has been declared "Venerable", these possible medical miracles can be reviewed and an opinion can be rendered by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. They will select one of the two and begin their study.

Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Patrick Peyton

Dear Jesus, Father Peyton devoted his priestly life to strengthening the families of the world by calling them to pray together every day, especially the Rosary. His message is as important for us now as it was during his life on earth.

We beg you, therefore, to hasten the day of his beatification, so that your faithful people everywhere will remember his message that the family that prays together stays together, will imitate him in his devotion to your Mother and ours, and will be inspired by his holy life to draw ever closer to you with childlike confidence and love. Amen.

Request a Prayer

Prayer Requests, Prayers of Petition, or Intercessory Prayers are prayers in which we are asking God to assist us. They are prayers in which we recognize our dependence on God and thus give praise to God.

Prayer for a Favor through Venerable Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

God, Our Father, your wisdom is displayed in all creation and the power of your grace is revealed in the lives of holy people, who inspire us to trust you more fully and to serve others more generously. In a unique way, you blessed the life and work of your servant, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., and made him a fervent apostle of Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary and Mother of us all. Through his intercession, we ask for this favor.… Please grant it, if it is for your honor and glory, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Father David S. Marcham invites those who have received favors through the intercession of Venerable Patrick Peyton in response to prayer requests to forward that information to him. While we accept anonymous requests and reports of favors, it helps the Cause if you provide your contact information, as this allows us to submit a verifiable report to the Vatican.

To report prayers answered, please email Father David S. Marcham at

If you would like to submit a prayer request, you may do so here.

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Stories of Prayers Answered Through Father Peyton’s Intercession

Family United in Prayer

I always wanted to pray the rosary with my wife and children, as Father Peyton says “the family that prays together stays together". So I started by my self, praying the rosary and asking our blessed virgin to intercede so my family will unite to pray it every night. About 2 months after, that miracle came true and now we pray the rosary before bedtime - my wife and me and our 2 kids. What a blessing from Father Peyton, the Rosary has a tremendous amount of power. I’m so thankful because I have my family praying! 


Heart surgery

“Thanksgiving for prayers answered and a favor granted through Father Peyton’s intercession. My husband had a heart catheterization in December. His heart doctor was going to operate to replace the aorta valve and was completely surprised to find no need for surgery. My husband will be 86 this year.”

New job with increased salary

Thanks be to God for prayer answered. Our daughter was very unhappy at her job and had no prospects for a better one. I prayed that through Father Peyton’s intercession something would come her way. Within a few weeks, she received a wonderful job offer with a substantial increase in salary. Thank you Father Peyton! - Bill

Immigration and Employment

We received an Australian immigration refusal due to my wife having been a cancer survivor. We prayed to Father Peyton to be granted immigration rights. Our petition has been granted and we are now in Victoria, Australia. I fully believe that our success is due to Father Peyton’s intercession. - Gerardo

I met Father Peyton when I was a student in Comboni College in Khartoum in Sudan and he visited that area in 1958. I emigrated to Australia in 2006 and could not find a job due to my age of 64 years and the lack of university degree qualifications. I was working in temporary accounting positions in various companies, which did not give me any stability of income. I could not pray for myself, since I had lost hope and was very despondent. Then I prayed to Father Peyton to grant me the favor of a good job. In 2008 I was offered a permanent full-time position with the highest salary I have ever earned during my 36 years of employment. I believe it is a miracle, and I believe Father Peyton prayed for me to get this favor from Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary. - Joseph

We are always getting reports of prayers answered and update this section monthly. Check back next month for more inspiring stories from those who have asked for Father Peyton's intercession!