Father Tolton may soon be declared ‘venerable’ by Pope Francis

The canonization cause for Servant of God Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis where the priest would be declared “venerable.” The remaining steps in the process to canonization are to be declared “blessed” and “saint.”
Augustus Tolton was a seminarian at Urban College in Rome in this undated file photo. (Photo provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago)
The gravesite of Father Augustus Tolton in St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery in Quincy, Ill. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Clockwise from left, forensic anthropologist Mark Johnsey, medical examiner Nathaniel Patterson and archeologist Deacon David Keene remove soil from the grave of Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton on Dec. 10, 2016, at St. Peter Cemetery in Quincy, Ill. Verifying and securing the remains of the holy person is one of the steps leading to canonization. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)