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Most Rev. Joseph Perry

About the Blogger

Most Reverend Joseph Perry is an Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI. Bishop Perry is the Diocesan Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton.

Blog posts by Most Rev. Joseph Perry

  • Monday, June 06, 2016

    The Sluggish Pursuit of Racial Justice

    The US Bishops said it back in 1979 with “Brothers And Sisters to Us.”  Their words continue to have a powerful impact in the Catholic community:


  • Monday, November 02, 2015

    Tolton Gala November 8

    Gloria Seabrook, long time parishioner of St. Agatha Parish in Chicago, will receive this year’s Martha Jane Tolton Award during festivities to honor priest of Chicago, Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897).  Center stage, each year at the annual benefit, one mother from one of the parishes is chosen, after consultation with area pastors, who emulates Fr. Tolton’s mother’s courage and heroism getting her three children to freedom from slavery through the Underground Railroad across the Mississippi River into Quincy, Illinois, a free state during this country’s Civil War.


  • Monday, February 21, 2011

    Father Augustus Tolton: Cause for Canonization

    Thursday, February 24, 2011, marks the launch of the canonical phase of exploration into the life, virtues and intercessory power of Father Augustus Tolton {1854-1897}.  At St James Chapel of the Quigley Pastoral Center, 2pm, amidst sung Midday Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, Cardinal Francis George and officials of the Archdiocese will assemble with a gathering of the faithful for the announcement of appointments, the taking of the oath of service and the signing of decrees associated with examining evidence into Tolton's life.  This First Session is mandated by norms for processing causes for sainthood issued by the Congregation for Causes of Saints at the Vatican.  Subsequent Sessions of the inquiry phase will summon witnesses for testimony and examine reports from individuals regarding spiritual and physical favors received through intercessory prayer in Tolton's name.