Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, a poor Irish immigrant of 1928 who was ordained in South Bend, Ind., in 1941 as a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. A priest without any show biz experience, he became a media pioneer by his vision and by recruiting the best writers and actors in Hollywood to entertain, inspire and inform families in alternative yet mainstream programming.
Father Peyton through Family Theater produced more than 700 radio and TV programs that had some 10,000 broadcasts. He died on June 3, 1992, and his cause for sainthood was announced on June 1, 2001.