April 1, 2021 0 By BLACKCATHOLIC

Just I as I said back in March, my apostolate will be celebrating April as Father Augustus Tolton Month this year. This month will be filled with posts about Totlon, his life, and his significance. April is a good month to have a specific celebration of Ven. Tolton for the following reasons:

April 1, 1854 – Tolton’s birthday/April 1, 2018 – The BLACKCATHOLIC apostolate officially launches in Tolton’s name as one of its Patron Saints on Easter Day.

April 15 to April 23 – Novena to Tolton for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community in Commemoration of His Priestly Ordination

April 24, 1886 – Anniversary of Tolton’s ordination to the priesthood in St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome.

April 25, 1886 – Anniversary of Totlon’s first Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Easter Day.

April 26, 1865 – The Civil War end; Important for Tolton as he and his family escaped slavery during the war, and the war’s end helped to further secure the end of slavery and freedom for Tolton and all Black people in America.

As you can see April seems to be marked for Tolton both in history and for my apostolate. This is why I want to have my ministry celebrate him during April as a month specially dedicated to him, his life, ministry, and road to canonization. This begins now! So, I hope you all will take the time along with me as a special opportunity to learn more about Tolton, spread his story and witness, and develop a spiritual relationship with him as someone to receive intercession from and to imitate as he sought to imitate Christ during his brief life of 43 years!

Venerable Father Augustus Tolton, pray for us!

Learn about Ven. Tolton’s life and cause for sainthood: HERE

Pray with Ven. Tolton and let him carry your needs to God this special month: Tolton Novena for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community info: HERE