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Quincy priest one step closer to sainthood

Quincy priest one step closer to sainthood

6 days, 8 hours ago by Scott Hardy

Fr. Augustine "Gus" Tolton named Venerable by Pope Francis

A Quincy priest is now one step closer to being declared a saint by the Roman Catholic church.

Father Augustine Tolton, the nation’s first black priest and once a slave, was proclaimed “Venerable” Wednesday by Pope Francis. That designation means Father Gus is officially recognized as living a life of heroic virtue by the Catholic Church. As part of the announcement, the Diocese of Springfield said in a statement that it's exploring having a shrine to honor Tolton. They say that a possible location could be the now closed St. Boniface Church in Quincy. An announcement on that could come later this year. The Diocese says that the process for Tolton's beatification and canonization continues. Church officials in Rome are currently reviewing at least one potential miracle.  

If a miracle can be attributed to Father Tolton, he'd be declared Blessed by the Pope. Another miracle would lead him to sainthood.

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