CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION
OF THE SERVANT OF GOD
FATHER AUGUSTUS TOLTON
In accordance with article 43 of the 2007 Instruction of the Congregation for Causes of Saints, Sanctorum Mater, 1, the undersigned Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Chicago, declare that I have received and accepted the petition of the Diocesan Postulator, the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, for the Cause of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton.
Therefore, the Cause having been officially opened during the formal hearing held at St. James Chapel at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, on this the 24'" day of February, 20 II , I am directing the assigned personnel of the ecclesiastical tribunal to carry out all necessary steps to instruct the diocesan phase of the Cause, inclusive of hearing witnesses regarding Tolton's virtues and reputation of holiness. In addition, I encourage all those who can give testimony, even should they have negative proof, to come forth and contact the aforementioned tribunal. Moreover, those who possess writings of any kind or any other information regarding the Servant of God are urged to put that at the tribunal's disposition.
All things henceforth serving the honor of God,
Given at Chicago, Illinois
The 24th of February, 2011
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.l.
Archbishop of Chicago