Strengthening Venerable Patrick Peyton’s mission of “teaching families to pray,” Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries International, accompanied by the Most Rev. Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore, cut the ceremonial ribbon and dedicated the Peyton Institute for Families in Bangalore, India, on March 12.
The Institute, the third of its kind in the world sponsored by HCFM, is designed to be a resource center for families in South Asia, offering counselor training, family-related research, and media content creation. Fr. Raymond, in his inauguration address, highlighted the life and vision of Fr. Peyton and encouraged the participants to always keep the spiritual wellbeing of families in their focus.
In his homily at the inaugural Mass, Archbishop Machado praised and expressed his gratitude for the work that Holy Cross has already done in the archdiocese in its outreach to families, especially in the face of declining family values. Special guests at the event included Fr. Pinto Paul, C.S.C. HCFM International Director; Fr. James Phalan, C.S.C., Executive Director of Institute for Domestic Church Life in the United States; Fr. Anibal Niño, C.S.C., Executive Director of the Pastoral Institute for the Family (INFAM) in Peru; Fr. Roque D’Costa, C.S.C., Superior of the Province of South India; other Holy Cross Superiors; and Executive Directors of HCFM ministry centers in India.
After lunch and as part of the day’s program, Fr. Arul Raj, C.S.C., Executive Director, invited and welcomed the guests to a seminar on “Indian Families and the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities.” Fr. Shiju Joseph, C.S.C., introduced the seminar, which was moderated by Fr. Royal Nazareth, C.S.C., South India HCFM Executive Director, and Fr. M.C. Abraham, C.S.C., Director of Training in the Institute. The day concluded with tea and refreshments.
The Peyton Institute for Families can accommodate up to 40 overnight guests. It has a conference room, two classrooms, a spacious kitchen and dining area, and a large chapel.