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Father Augustus Tolton

Cause for Sainthood

Father Augustus Tolton's cause for sainthood has been introduced in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The son of slaves, Fr. Tolton was the first American diocesan priest of African descent. This video documents the life of Fr. Tolton and the growing support and excitement over his possible canonization.

Prayer for the Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton

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

Imprimatur
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
Chicago, Illinois 60611