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All for Her: The Autobiography of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
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On December 18, 2017, Pope Francis declared that Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., lived a life of heroic virtue and gave him the title “venerable,” marking another step closer to sainthood for the “Rosary Priest.” This new edition of Peyton’s biography tells the story of his life and dedication to the Blessed Mother as he discerned his vocation, overcame the obstacles of adv ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 5th 2019 by Ave Maria Press
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I had only heard of Fr. Peyton in passing before, usually when someone quoted the slogan "the family that prays together, stays together," so I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. Fr. Peyton does a masterful job of sharing about his home life as a child in Ireland, his family's incredible devout Catholic faith, and the selflessness that seemed to be a hallmark of the Peyton siblings. As a 21st century millennial raising five kids, I was moved by the type of self-sacrifice that ...more
Peyton tells his own life story, from humble beginnings in an impoverished Irish town to the founding and development of Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions. I was struck not only by Peyton's deep faith and his devotion to the Blessed Mother, but also his ability to multitask and get things done long before the internet made instant communication possible. This new edition of Peyton's 1973 autobiography features larger type plus a foreword and epilogue.
The story of Fr. Peyton's youth is interesting. I enjoyed learning how he ends up in Scranton, which is where I live. However, half the book is more like name-dropping and offers very little if you are looking for anything to do with Fr. Peyton's own spirituality.