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...]

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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