20 April 2011

Tolton celebration planned for June 5th

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the ordination of the Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  He was ordained at Rome in the Lateran Basilica of St. John on the 24th of April in the year of Our Lord 1886.  He celebrated his first Mass in St. Peter's the next day (Easter Sunday).

To mark this great anniversary, His Excellency the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Diocesan Postulator of the Cause will celebrate the Holy Mass in St. Peter's church in Quincy, Illinois at 3:00 p.m. on June 5, 2011.  It was St. Peter's Parish and School that welcomed young Gus and provided his education and provided his formation to prepare him to study at the seminary of the Propaganda Fide.

Everyone is naturally invited to attend this Mass to render thanks to God for this faithful servant and steward, and to pray for the progress of the Cause for his beatification and canonization.

A dinner will follow the Mass at Quincy University Student Center.  Reservations for the dinner are required and a check in the amount of $30.00 should be mailed to Vicariate IV, P.O. Box 773, South Holland, Illinois 60473.

I hope to see you there!


  1. Anonymous4:09 AM

    There is no such place as "the Lateran Basilica of Saint John" - it's the Cathedral Basilica of the Most Holy Savior!

  2. It was originally dedicated as such, but now - even on the web site of the Holy See - it is called the "Basilica of Saint John Lateran."