Visit the Archdiocese of Chicago “Father Augustus Tolton Cause for Canonization” Website

View videos of the progress of the canonization here and on the website above.


O God, * we give you thanks for your servant and priest, Father Augustus Tolton, * who labored among us in times of contradiction,* times that were both beautiful and paradoxical. *  His ministry helped lay the foundation for a truly Catholic gathering in faith in our time.*  We stand in the shadow of his ministry.*  May his life continue to inspire us * and imbue us with that confidence and hope * that will forge a new evangelization for the Church we love.

Father in Heaven, * Father Tolton’s suffering service sheds light upon our sorrows; * we see them through the prism of your Son’s passion and death.*  If it be your Will, O God,* glorify your servant, Father Tolton, * by granting the favor I now request through his intercession * (mention your request) * so that all may know the goodness of this priest * whose memory looms large in the Church he loved.

Complete what you have begun in us * that we might work for the fulfillment of your kingdom.*  Not to us the glory,* but glory to you O God, through Jesus Christ, your Son* and our Lord; * Father, Son and Holy Spirit,* you are our God, living and reigning forever and ever.      Amen

2010 Bishop Joseph N. Perry

Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archdiocese of Chicago

To report any spiritual or physical favors granted through prayer in Father Tolton’s name, please write:

Office of the Cardinal
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street

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Fr. John Augustus Tolton (1854-1897). America’s first African American priest. (Or, the fourth, if one counts the Healy brothers.) With hope, he will soon be the first African American priest to be canonized.

I will post more entries to this page soon.

Until then, please pray for the cause of Fr. Tolton, which is being promoted now. He faced many setbacks and hardships in fulfilling his childhood calling to be a priest. He also suffered a great deal once he was ordained in Rome and sent back to his home town of Quincy, Illinois, as a missionary. For African American Catholics, and all Catholics, Fr. Tolton is an example of unwavering perseverance and faith.

Also, pray for Fr. Roy Bauer, now retired. Fr. Bauer is the former pastor of Fr. Tolton’s childhood parish of St. Peter’s in Quincy, Illinois. For many years, Fr. Bauer has done much to keep Fr. Tolton’s memory alive. About 20 years ago he erected a statue of Fr. Tolton at St. Peter’s. He also helped to get an historical marker placed in Quincy regarding Fr. Tolton. I had the great honor and blessing of getting to know Fr. Bauer years ago during my research on Fr. Tolton. Fr. Bauer is an extraordinary man himself, and his work on Fr. Tolton’s cause should also be recognized and celebrated. Much of what is happening now is surely because of him.


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