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JOINT CONFERENCE An Annual Conference with NBSC, NBCCC, NBCDA and NBCSA
the National Black Sisters’ Conference
July 19-21, 2019 in Baltimore, MD
to collaborate, pray and address the issues affecting the African American community
Canonization Prayer for Father Augustus Tolton
O God, * we give you thanks for your servant and priest, Father Augustus Tolton, * who labored among us in times of contradiction,* times that were both beautiful and paradoxical. * His ministry helped lay the foundation for a truly Catholic gathering in faith in our time.* We stand in the shadow of his ministry.* May his life continue to inspire us * and imbue us with that confidence and hope * that will forge a new evangelization for the Church we love.
Father in Heaven, * Father Tolton’s suffering service sheds light upon our sorrows; * we see them through the prism of your Son’s passion and death.* If it be your Will, O God,* glorify your servant, Father Tolton, * by granting the favor I now request through his intercession * (mention your request) * so that all may know the goodness of this priest * whose memory looms large in the Church he loved.
Complete what you have begun in us * that we might work for the fulfillment of your kingdom.* Not to us the glory,* but glory to you O God, through Jesus Christ, your Son* and our Lord; * Father, Son and Holy Spirit,* you are our God, living and reigning forever and ever.
2010 Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Born a slave to Peter Paul and Martha Tolton, of Brush Creek, Missouri, Augustus Tolton grew up to become the first African American Catholic priest