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Monday, February 21, 2011

Father Augustus Tolton: Cause for Canonization

By Most Rev. Joseph Perry

Fr. Augustus Tolton

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.

To learn more about the life of Father Augustus Tolton and the cause for Canonization, please visit the website at


Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:24 PM

This is indeed an exciting time for the Catholic Church in the U.S and the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is sad that Fr. Tolton only felt safe in school. Fr. Augustus, pray for us!!

Jonathan P.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 2:08 PM

Last Sunday, February the following information was printed in our parish bulletin. What more could be used to follow this up.


Augustine Tolton was born as a slave on April 1, 1854. He was ordained in 1886, the first black Roman Catholic priest in the United States. He became a priest of Chicago and served as pastor of St. Monica's Catholic Church as a black "national parish church", on the south side of the city. We join Cardinal George and our Archdiocese in praying for his beatification and hope one day to see a saint from our own archdiocese.

Lawrence C.