Father Lewis Thomas Wattson

Father Lewis Thomas WattsonAlso known as

  • Father Paul Wattson
  • Father Paul of Graymoor
  • Apostle of Unity and Charity


Son of Joseph and Mary Wattson; his father was an Episcopal priest, the boy was raised Episcopalian and became an Episcopal priest himself in 1886. Co-founded the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement at the Graymoor chapel in Garrison, New York in 1898 with a mission of promoting Christian unity; he took the name Father Paul. In 1903 he founded the Union That Nothing Be Lost organization that disperse money to various charities. Founded the Catholic Near East Welfare Asssociation. Helped found the Catholic Medical Mission Board. In 1908 he founded the Church Unity Octave, which today is known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity each January, advocating the reunion of the Anglicans with the Catholic Church. In 1909, Father Paul and the Friars were accepted en masse into the Catholic Church, the first corporate conversion, and the Friars continue their good work today on three continents. In 1910, Father Paul was ordained a Catholic priest. Founded Saint Christopher’s Inn for homeless men. Published the monthly magazine The Lamp which was devoted to missions and Christian unity. Produced The Ave Maria Hour radio program which broadcast stories of the life Christ and lives of the saints. His Cause for Canonization has opened.



MLA Citation

  • “Father Lewis Thomas Wattson“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 July 2018. Web. 6 December 2021. <>