Father Augustus Tolton was featured in Patrick McCaskey’s fourth Sports and Faith Series books, Worthwhile Struggle. Worthwhile Struggle includes stories of exemplary athletes and others who led exemplary lives. The book was published in January of 2019.

According to the Joyce Duriga of the Catholic News Serice, the canonization cause for Father Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis for the priest to be declared “venerable.” On February 5th, a Vatican theological commission voted that Father Tolton’s cause be moved forward to the cardinals and archbishops in the Congregation for Saints’ Causes for a final vote to send a decree of the priest’s “heroic virtues” to Pope Francis for his approval.  Upon that decree, Father Tolton would receive the title “venerable,” which indicates he lived the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity and the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance at a heroic level.

Steps for sainthood would then be beatification and canonization. One miracle attributed to a candidate’s intercession is needed for beatification and a second needed for canonization.


Photo Source: Simmons, William J., and Henry McNeal Turner. Men of Mark: Eminent, Progressive and Rising. GM Rewell & Company, 1887