Father Augustus Tolton

His Canonization

2015

April 17, 2015
The Congregation for Causes of Saints at the Vatican declared in the affirmative the juridical validity of the Archdiocesan Inquiry into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton.

April 11, 2015
The Annual Father Augustus Tolton Chicago Pilgrimage took participants to points of interest in Chicago that were vital in the ministry of Servant of God, Fr. Tolton.

March 9, 2015
This day will mark the Official Opening of the Acts of the Archdiocesan Inquiry into the Life and Virtues of Father Augustus Tolton at the Congregation for Causes of Saints in Rome.

2014

September 2014
On Monday, September 29, the Archdiocese of Chicago completed the diocesan phase of the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton with a special ceremony in the St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center.  Documents supporting the cause for sainthood for Fr. Tolton were bound with red-ribbon and officially stamped with the seal of the Archdiocese of Chicago in melted wax, to be dispatched to the Congregation for Causes of Saints at the Vatican.

September 26- 27, 2014
Third Father Augustus Tolton Pilgrimage Pilgrims visited Father Augustus Tolton's boyhood hometown, as well as points of interest in Illinois and Missouri that traced the historical path of Fr. Tolton's ministry.

March 2014
The Cause for Canonization, underway since 2010, is progressing. The research phase is concluding, and the experts from the Historical and Theological Commission are drawing up their final reports.This March, they will come together for meetings in Chicago for discussion and submission of their conclusions to be included in the dossier. The last three years have been devoted to uncovering the records of Augustus Tolton from Quincy and Chicago newspaper archives, from the state of Illinois and Missouri slave record sources, from libraries, from Vatican archives and from religious communities that touched upon his life.

2013

May 11, 2013
Second Father Augustus Tolton Chicago Pilgrimage
Pilgrims visited points of interest in Chicago that were vital in the ministry of Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton.

2012

April 14, 2012
Inaugural Father Augustus Tolton Chicago Pilgrimage
This ground-breaking journey took participants to points of interest in Chicago that were vital in the ministry of Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton.

April 12, 2012

Banners announcing the Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton as the first African American diocesan priest were displayed in four locations around the City of Chicago that had special significance for Father Tolton's life and legacy.

 

The Locations:

  • On 35th Street near South Lake Park Avenue, across from the Archdiocese's
    Cardinal Meyer Center
  • At 9th and Wabash Streets, site of Tolton's first Chicago assignment in the lower level of
    St. Mary Parish
  • On South Michigan Avenue, across from Mercy Hospital, where Father Tolton died on
    July 9, 1897
  • On South Cornell Avenue, across from Catholic Theological Union, home of the
    Augustus Tolton Ministry Program

February 13, 2012
The Sacred Congregation for Causes of Saints at the Vatican grants the title "Servant of God" to Father Augustus Tolton and orders that the Archdiocese of Chicago proceed with the Diocesan Inquiry into his life and virtues. The Cause is registered with the Congregation under the case-file number: Prot. N. 2958.

2011

November 4, 2011
A Chicago street sign, “Honorary Father Augustus Tolton St.” was dedicated. The new sign is located at the corners of 41st Street between State Street and Michigan Avenue. Bishop Joseph Perry blessed the new sign during the event.

June 5, 2011
A celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of Father Augustus Tolton and his Cause for Sainthood was held on Sunday, June 5 in Quincy, Illinois with Mass at St. Peter Church and a dinner program at Quincy University Student Center.

February 24, 2011
The Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton
Proclamation and First Session
St. James Chapel
Archbishop Quigley Center
Chicago, Illinois

Timeline of Tolton's Life and Times