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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.

Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Celebrating family life

Day 1 - Novena of Prayer for Families

Please join our community around the world in praying this novena for your family and all families. We do this for the nine days leading up to Venerable Patrick Peyton's anniversary of birth on January 9 in gratitude for his memory and timeless message to all families, "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together."

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Seasonal Reflections  |  Strengthening family unity

A Novena Prayer For Families: Video Message From Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.

Friends - There is a splendid, magnificent, grace-filled, experiment you might want to know about and possibly take up in the New Year. It is called a NOVENA, a nine-day exercise in prayer that just might change the trajectory of your spiritual life for the better in 2021.

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Holy lives of inspiration

So That The Thoughts Of Many Hearts May Be Revealed: Family Reflection Video

"So that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." What could that phrase possibly mean? For a poor couple like Mary and Joseph, it was a joy to bring their first born son to the temple to be offered to God. We know they were poor because a sacrifice of two turtledoves was the typical offering of the poor at the time. In the temple, Mary and Joseph encounter an elderly man named Simeon and an elderly widow named Anna...

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Holy lives of inspiration

Magnificat: A Family Reflection Video

A teen-aged Mary traveled in haste from Nazareth, 70-80 miles, to visit Elizabeth. It was Elizabeth who shared her wisdom and guidance with young Mary, who was just conceived a child by the Holy Spirit. Often women, with child for the first time, seek out and listen to the voice of experience, and are comforted by that voice.

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Learn more about our faith

Jesus in Every Book of the Bible: Family Reflection Video

In today's Gospel we hear the question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” As Christian's, we all look to the same book for the answer. Here's why we all come up with the same answer.  

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Seasonal Reflections

Solemnity Of The Immaculate Conception: Family Reflection Video

In the United States of 2020, we have just experienced a year unlike no other. We have dealt with a global pandemic, a contentious election, a growing fear of hunger and debt, and civil unrest in our cities. Who is to blame? Political leaders? Political parties? Billionaires? Systematic Injustices?

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