General Novena to Venerable Father Augustus Tolton

Father Augustus Tolton, you whose life demonstrated the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s gifts of fortitude and perseverance, pray for my strength and perseverance as I cry out for God’s mercy for (state your intention here). Pray Father Augustus Tolton that God will hear my cry and answer me according to His will. Amen!

Novena to Venerable Augustus Tolton: For the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community

A Novena is a period of public or private prayer lasting either nine days, weeks, or hours consecutively, to mark an important occasion, obtain a particular grace, or prayer for a special intention. The prayers are often directed to the intercession of a Saint or a particular virtue of Christ. The model for all Novenas is the celebration of the nine days traditionally observed between Ascension and Pentecost when Mary and the apostles waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Novena for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community is a special time of prayer in which people all over the world call to God through the intercession of Father Augustus Tolton, Servant of God, for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community. The three ideal times for this Novena are:
– Prefacing his Birth: March 23 to March 31
– Prefacing his Date of Ordination: April 15 to April 23
– Prefacing his Death: June 30 to July 8

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Father Augustus Tolton: The Cause for Sainthood

Father Augustus Tolton: The Cause for Sainthood

His life is another illustration of what energy and perseverance will accomplish whatever he is, he owes to his own effort by hard work and an indomitable will he has overcome obstacles seemingly insurmountable.

Quincy Herald Whig. January 20, 1889

The Catholic Church deplores a double slavery – that of the mind and that of the body. She endeavors to free us of both. I was a poor slave boy but the priests of the Church did not disdain me. It was through the influence of one of them that I became what I am tonight. I must now give praise to that son of the Emerald Isle, Father Peter McGirr, pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Quincy, who promised me that I would be educated and who kept his word. It was the priests of the Church who taught me to pray and to forgive my persecutors… it was through the direction of a Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Herlinde, that I learned to interpret the Ten Commandments; and then I also beheld for the first time the glimmering light of truth and the majesty of the Church. In this Church we do not have to fight for our rights because we are black. She had colored saints – Augustine, Benedict the Moor, Monica. The Church is broad and liberal. She is the Church for our people.

From a speech delivered to the first Black Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C. in 1889