Today’s reading from 2 Corinthians reminds us that God is constantly pouring into us, which makes us generous and produces thanksgiving for all God does. Today, let’s express our gratitude for the way the Lord sustains and blesses us. #bibletoday
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, foster fathers, spiritual fathers, those who desire fatherhood, those who may have lost a child; all those who honor and protect as St. Joseph did. We lift you up today!
Today, the Vatican announced that Servant of God, Fr. Augustus Tolton, has been named Venerable and is one step closer to sainthood. Learn more about this amazing man of God, the first Black American priest, and possibly the first Black American saint.
From Catholic News Agency (@catholicnewsagency): Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the first black American saint.
Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Fr. Tolton June 12 making him “venerable” within the Church, only two steps away from canonization. With the decree, Catholics are now authorized to pray directly to Tolton as an intercessor before God.
Venerable John Augustus Tolton was born into slavery in Monroe County, Missouri in 1854. He escaped slavery with his family during the Civil War by crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois.
The young Tolton entered St. Peter’s Catholic School in Quincy, Illinois with the help of the school’s pastor, Fr. Peter McGirr. The priest went on to baptize Tolton, instruct him for his first Holy Communion, and recognize his vocation to the priesthood.
No American seminary would accept Tolton because of his race, so he studied for the priesthood in Rome. However, when Father Tolton returned to the U.S. after his ordination in 1889, thousands of people lined the streets to greet him. A brass band played hymns and Negro Spirituals, and black and white people processesed together into the local church.
Father Tolton was the first African American to be ordained a priest. He served for three years at a parish in Quincy, before moving to Chicago to start a parish for black Catholics, St. Monica Parish, where he remained until his death in 1897.
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We are so excited to hear the news that Pope Francis has named Douglas Lucia of Ogdensburg as Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Syracuse! He will succeed Bishop Cunningham as the 11th bishop of our diocese. Please pray for Bishop-Elect Lucia!