Canonization Cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton

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Ven. Augustus Tolton Canonization Prayer: 

[From Archdiocese of Chicago’s Tolton Site]

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.


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His Cause for sainthood is ongoing.

On February 24, 2011 Fr. Augustus Tolton’s Cause was opened by the Archdiocese of Chicago making him a Servant of God, the first step towards canonization.

On June 12, 2019, Fr. Tolton was declared Venerable by Pope Francis I, the second step towards canonization.

More information on his Cause’s journey here.

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