The Archdiocese of Chicago brought the final diocesan phase of the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897) to a close on September 29, 2014. This ceremony took place during midday prayer that was sung for the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. It was celebrated before a filled chapel of people and church officials from the Dioceses of Springfield in Illinois and Jefferson City, Missouri, as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago. Cardinal Francis George led the postrema sessio with his remarks on the significance of the pursuit of the cause for sainthood of Tolton. Bishop Joseph Perry gave a report on the progress of the four-year study that involved the assistance of canon lawyers, archivists, theologians, historians and testimony of a number of bishops, priests and laity about the reputation of Tolton’s holiness in the community over the last century and beyond. The dossier was bound with red-ribbon and officially stamped with the seal of the Archdiocese in melted wax, to be dispatched to the Congregation for Causes of Saints at the Vatican.
The Cause for Sainthood
This video documents the life of Fr. Tolton
and the growing support and excitement
over his possible canonization.