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FATHER AUGUSTUS TOLTON PILGRIMAGE
Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17  

Chicago, IL (August 24, 2011) – A pilgrimage to Father Augustus Tolton’s birthplace in Missouri, and the origins of his path to priesthood in Quincy, Illinois, will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17.  This pilgrimage is being sponsored by the Office of Bishop Joseph N. Perry, the Office for Black Catholics and the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union. 

Those interested in registering on-line for the pilgrimage that includes round-trip coach bus transportation, dinner on Friday night and the tour can do so by visiting the Office for Black Catholics website, www.blackcatholicchicago.org.  Checks for the tour, costing $90 per person, can be made payable to Archdiocese of Chicago and mailed to the Office for Black Catholics, 3525 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL, 60653, Attention: Anita Owens.  Participants are responsible for making their own reservations for overnight accommodations by calling Super 8 – Quincy at 217-228-8808 and mentioning “Tolton Pilgrimage”.  The cost for overnight accommodations is $58.01, tax included. 

Father Tolton was the first American diocesan priest of African descent.  Born the son of slaves in Missouri, he studied for the priesthood in Rome because no American seminary would accept him.  Ordained for the Diocese of Quincy in southern Illinois, he later came to Chicago to start a parish for black Catholics.  He was only 43 years of age at the time of his death.  His Cause for Canonization was announced by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, in March 2010.

The official website for Father Tolton’s Cause, www.toltoncanonization.org, includes an extensive biography, timeline of his life and times and information about other upcoming events.                                                        

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