Area Catholics and others devoted to the Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton, the nation’s first African American priest and today a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church, will commemorate the 120-year anniversary of the priest’s death with a pilgrimage procession to his grave in Quincy on Sunday, July 9.
The pilgrimage procession will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the statue of Father Tolton outside St. Peter Catholic School at 2500 Maine Street, Quincy. After a few words of welcome and explanation, followed by a prayer, the procession will move along the south side of Maine Street where it will cross onto the east side of South Thirty-Third Street. It will then process along the east side of South Thirty-Third Street until it reaches St. Peter Catholic Cemetery. The route is approximately one-half mile.
After entering the cemetery, the procession will stop at the grave of Father Tolton for the celebration of Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. After Evening Prayer, the pilgrims will pray for more priests through Father Tolton’s intercession and for his canonization as a saint.
The pilgrimage procession will conclude with the singing of “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name,” Father Tolton’s favorite song.
Those who wish to participate in the Evening Prayer but cannot walk in the procession are invited to park near the cemetery to meet the procession at the grave; because of the small size of the cemetery, no one should park in the cemetery itself.
Bottled water and some chairs water will be available at the cemetery for participannts in the Evening Prayer.
For more information about this event, please contact Fr. Daren J. Zehnle at (217)663-8522.