Father Augustus Tolton, on the way to sainthood

Augustus Tolton

March 12, 2017

A look back: women’s pages and Father Tolton

Part of the fun of putting together features about what this newspaper has covered in the past 125 years is viewing old copies of the papers on microfilm at the archdiocese’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center, 711 W. Monroe St.

December 25, 2016

Father Tolton’s cause takes next step forward

On the morning of Dec. 10 in a cemetery in Quincy, Illinois, Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton’s cause for canonization took one step further as his remains were exhumed and verified. Tolton, a former slave, is the first recognized American diocesan priest of African descent. In 2011, the Archdiocese of Chicago opened up his cause for sainthood.

August 21, 2016

Augustus Tolton icon commissioned

While the Archdiocese of Chicago continues work on the canonization cause for Servant of God Augustus Tolton, organizers commissioned a hand-painted icon of the priest.

May 1, 2016

Essay winner: Father Tolton should be a saint because ...

In honor of Black History Month, the archdiocese’s Black Catholic Initiative held an essay contest for students in Catholicschools with the topic “Why I think or believe Father Augustus Tolton should be a saint.”

November 29, 2015

Father Tolton’s life animated in new graphic novel

The life of Servant of God Augustus Tolton already reads like a novel but now it is illustrated in full color in a graphic book produced in partnership with Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago and Editions du Signe in France.

September 20, 2015

Augustus Tolton Academy opens for first-ever academic year

For the roughly 250 students who streamed into Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy, the first day of school on Aug. 24 marked a special kind of new beginning.

November 16, 2014

Tolton cause part of new archbishop’s responsibilities

When Archbishop Blase Cupich takes over the Archdiocese of Chicago, he’ll also oversee the cause for the canonization of Servant of God Augustus Tolton.

October 5, 2014

Father Tolton's cause is headed to the Vatican

With prayers and songs and sealing wax, Cardinal George formally closed the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton Sept. 29 in a ceremony in the St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center.

May 4, 2014

Why do we have saints? Because we need heroes

The church has saints because people need heroes. So says Oblate Father William Woestman, promoter of justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Metropolitan Tribunal, who has worked on the causes of several saints over the course of his ministry.

September 1, 2013

Waiting for a miracle

God alone makes saints, according to an explanation of the canonization process written by Resurrectionist Father Andrew Apostoli.

May 10, 2012

In the footsteps of Tolton

Photo Gallery

April 22, 2012

Tolton now a ‘servant of God’

When Cardinal George returned from the ad limina visit in Rome in February, he brought back some good news. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints had named Father Augustus Tolton a “servant of God.”

April 22, 2012

Journeying with Father Tolton in Chicago

On April 14, 48 people made a pilgrimage to sites in Chicago where Father Augustus Tolton, servant of God, lived and worked. They took a step back to 1889 and visited the site of his first apartment in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood. They visited the storefront site of St. Monica Church, the first black Catholic parish in the archdiocese. These are just a few of the sites visited during the pilgrimage sponsored by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry’s office, the Office for Black Catholics and the Father Augustus Tolton Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union.

March 25, 2012

Tolton interest growing

Work on the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, the first acknowledged African-American priest, is continuing.

November 20, 2011

Father Tolton gets sign and dinner in his honor

Father Augustus Tolton was on the minds of many in November as the City of Chicago dedicated a street sign in his honor on Nov. 4 and the archdiocese held its first gala to raise funds for Tolton’s cause for canonization on Nov. 11.

April 24, 2011

Bishops make pilgrimage to Tolton sites

On a warm, spring day in Quincy, Ill., as sunset approached, a group of bishops, priests and laypeople gathered in the old, tiny St. Peter Cemetery, stood before a large stone cross and prayed to the Lord for his intercession in the cause of canonization for Father Augustus Tolton. The group was beginning an overnight pilgrimage to the significant sites in the life of a man who was born a slave and died a Catholic priest.

March 13, 2011

Father Tolton’s cause is now formally open

Cardinal, others take oaths at first public session held Feb. 24

Father Augustus Tolton’s road to sainthood took a formal step forward Feb. 24 during the first session for canonization held in St. James Chapel in the Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush St. Bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful gathered for midday prayer to witness the taking of oaths by Cardinal George and the commissions to carry out their duties for the cause.

November 7, 2010

Tolton cause: waiting for news from Rome

Historical commission and guild members named, website launched

Everything is lined up to move forward on the canonization cause for Father Augustus Tolton. The guild and historical commission have been named. A local and Roman postulator selected. A website launched (see www.toltoncanonization.org). All that the archdiocese is waiting for to officially move forward is the nihil obstat from the Vatican naming Tolton a servant of God.

September 26, 2010

In the footsteps of Augustus Tolton

It was in the small St. Peter’s Church in Brush Creek, Mo., that a group of about 30 pilgrims felt the closest to Father Augustus Tolton, the first acknowledged black Catholic priest in the United States.

August 1, 2010

Father Tolton’s cause takes next steps Archdiocese will form historical commission, guild and tribunal to move forward under Vatican guidelines

Interview with Bishop Joseph Perry

April 28, 2010

Seminarians, inspired by Father Tolton, pray for black vocations

April 22, 2010

Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali writes on Father Tolton and the Philadelphia connection

Prayer for Father Tolton

April 14, 2010

A saint for Chicago? The archdiocese is introducing a cause for canonization for Father Augustus Tolton, the first black priest for the United States

Father John Augustus Tolton was the first American priest of African descent and may one day be a saint from the Archdiocese of Chicago. At the beginning of March, Cardinal George announced that the archdiocese is introducing Father Augustus — also called Augustus — Tolton’s cause for canonization.

April 14, 2010

His legacy lives on in Chicago

Though Father Tolton is a century removed from the Chicago landscape, his work, spirit and legacy resonates throughout the archdiocese, particularly among black Catholics.

April 14, 2010

Tolton’s message, work continues

Throughout his religious career, Father Augustus Tolton championed two worthy causes: education and black leadership in the Catholic Church.