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Tolton Prayer Project 2013

Join in solidarity with Black Catholics

Servant of God, Fr. Augustus Tolton, was an exemplary model of leadership, holiness, and dedication. His spirit of service and sacrifice, emanating from a deep faith in Jesus Christ, is reflected in the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU).

This January, as we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and continue in February to celebrate Black History Month, parish communities and individuals are invited to join in prayer with the Tolton community in also honoring the great spiritual contributions of Fr. Tolton and those of the many dedicated leaders currently ministering within Black Catholic communities.

Download Tolton Prayer Project here [PDF]

Each week, participants are asked to focus on the particular gifts that these groups offer to our Church:

Week 1, Jan. 20      Youth
Week 2, Jan. 27      Young Adults
eek 3, Feb. 3        Married Couples
Week 4, Feb. 10      Elders

Each week there is an article on one of these groups for publication in your parish bulletin and a petition to include in the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. There is also a Prayer for Vocations from the Black Catholic Community that all can use during January and beyond. You can participate in this effort by:

  • Ensuring that the articles are included in the bulletin and discussing them in groups with which you are affiliated;
  • Including the petitions at Mass and in your personal prayer; and
  • Saying the Prayer for Vocations from the Black Catholic Community as a parish project, in meetings, and/or in your personal prayer.  You can also share the prayer with friends and family and ask them to pray it as well.

The Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at CTU is engaged in training the next generation of Black Catholic leaders. Thank you for participating in this project which recognizes and celebrates the gifts that Black and African American Catholics offer to our Church today, and for praying to support and call forth continuing vocations from our community.