EASTON, Mass. -- For nearly 14 years Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C, has led Family Theater Productions based on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood as they use mass media to entertain, inspire and educate families. While that may sound like unusual work for a priest; it isn't for this priest.
Family Theater Productions is the media ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which in the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Patrick Peyton, promotes and supports the spiritual well- being of families throughout the world.
"What better way to gather families together than television, a medium they are comfortable with and always watching," said Father Raymond. "As families watch a video and then discuss the stories, they enrich their spiritual life and increase unity within the family."
Father Raymond has served as Director of Family Theater Productions since 2000 and will now take his unique priestly skills and expand his reach as he takes over as President of Holy Cross Family Ministries effective July 1, 2014. He will oversee the vision and spiritual direction of the member ministries of HCFM. It includes Family Theater Productions; as well as Family Rosary, a prayer ministry in 17 countries; and The Father Peyton Family Institute, based in Peru, it provides educational resources to families.
The current president, Father John Phalen, C.S. C., received acknowledgment from the Board for his 18-year tenure as well as his many accomplishments for the ministry, including opening offices in eight countries, including Bangladesh, Chile, East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania), France, Ghana, Haiti, India, and Mexico to better serve families in their own locale.
Throughout his 18 years, Father Phalen also enhanced the ministry's outreach to families by embracing and expanding into all areas of internet outreach, which is evident as eBlasts alone went out to more than 1.5 million people last year. Significant outreach was also achieved through web site visitors, app users, and all those engaged through social media. Traditional forms of outreach remain on the forefront of the ministry's activities through face-to-face outreach to families with events and products.
Father Phalen has accepted a new assignment as Novice Director in Peru and will begin that role in 2015. Father Phalen's broad breadth of experience in Hispanic parishes will be an asset to the Congregation's efforts in Peru.
In the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., Holy Cross Family Ministries serves Jesus Christ and His church by promoting and supporting the spiritual well-being of the family. Faithful to Mary, the Mother of God, Family Rosary encourages family prayer, especially the Rosary. Holy Cross Family Ministries, through prayer events and media, reaches out to families to fulfill the founder's vision that "the family that prays together stays together."