Born Into Slavery, Fr. Augustus Tolton May Become a Saint

Fr. Augustus Tolton

On March 2, 2010, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, announced that he was beginning an official investigation into Father Augustus Tolton’s life and virtues, with a view to opening the Cause for his canonization. The following year—on February 24, 2011—the Roman Catholic Church officially began the formal introduction of the Cause for sainthood of Father Tolton.  He was designated Servant of God; and Historical and Theological Commissions were established, with the responsibil … [Read more...]

Prayers for Cardinal George As His Cancer Recurs – UPDATED

Cardinal George

Worrisome news today out of the Archdiocese of Chicago:  Cardinal Francis George writes in his column in the archdiocesan newspaper, the Catholic New World, that his cancer has become active once again.We knew that his cancer--which affected his bladder in 2006 and returned in 2012 to affect his kidney and liver--was not gone; but it's been in remission for a year.  Now, he writes in his Lenten meditation to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the tumor is showing signs of new activity. … [Read more...]

Who Is Father Tolton, and Can He Help Cardinal George?

Fr. Augustus Tolton

Who was Father Augustus Tolton?He was the son of poor slaves in the South. He was refused admission to seminary in the United States because of his color, and finally resorted to studying for the priesthood in Rome. He was ordained in 1886, and was believed to be the first black priest in the nation. He first served in the Diocese of Springfield but came to Chicago where he founded St. Monica’s, a black “national parish church” on Chicago’s South Side. He died of heatstroke at the ag … [Read more...]


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