Father Augustus Tolton, the nation’s first black priest who lived in Quincy, is moving closer to sainthood.
The Theological Consultants of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously approved that the process move forward.
The process now moves to the Cardinal and Archbishop members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, as well as to Pope Francis, for their consideration.
Local church leaders said if Fr. Tolton becomes a saint, it’s a big deal for the area.
“It’s something that we should take a great deal of pride in and we should read and study as much as we can so that when people say, ‘Hey I heard about Fr. Tolton, he’s buried in Quincy, what do you know about him?’ and we say well he was a great man that overcame a lot of impediments and was a great priest.”
Both the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are working together on this cause.