NORTH EASTON, Mass. — The Museum of Family Prayer, 518 Washington St., North Easton, Mass., reopened following substantial water damage as a result of a fire in the chapel on Dec. 16. During set up for Rosary and Mass, a candle on the evergreen Advent Wreath fell over and ignited the wreath. While the fire damage was contained to the advent wreath, water significantly damaged the chapel and adjoining museum spaces.
“It was very disappointing to all of us that the museum would close and families could not visit during the Christmas season; however, we were so relieved that there were no injuries,” said Elizabeth Ponce, Museum Project Leader. “The fire department responded quickly and as a result fire damage was minimal. The sprinkler system kicked on full force and certainly minimized the impact of the fire, but the water spread to other areas of the museum.”
Since the original opening of the museum on Sept. 15, it has been a prayer destination for pilgrims and guests alike and has had many repeat visitors. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday and admission is free. The museum reopened on Jan. 24 with special tours, refreshments and activities and will continue for several weeks.
“The chapel is the heart and soul of a Museum visit. Our staff and contracted partners worked diligently and quickly to restore the chapel and the Museum,” said Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the organization that created the Museum. “We are very pleased the chapel is restored to its original beauty.”
The Museum of Family Prayer shares the power of family prayer through state of the art interactive, educational, reflective and immersive opportunities, museum exhibits, graphics and media content creating a lively, interactive experience allowing guests to touch, listen and watch, reflect and pray. The Museum’s focus is family prayer and the works of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., the organization’s founder.
The Museum of Family Prayer continues the mission of Venerable Patrick Peyton encouraging families to pray daily, particularly the Rosary. Father Patrick Peyton, a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, was a Catholic media pioneer and now sainthood candidate, who founded Family Rosary in 1942 and Family Theater Productions in 1947. Father Peyton known as the “Rosary Priest,” would continually remind families worldwide that “The family that prays together stays together.” Father Peyton’s ministry is vibrant and growing after more than 75 years and continues to support families with ministry centers in 17 countries. The museum is a showcase of his vision, work and the power of family prayer.