Road to Canonization: Father Tolton's Remains Exhumed

QUINCY, ILL. — The Diocese of Springfield and the Archdiocese of Chicago met Saturday morning at St. Peters Cemetery.

It was all for the exhumation of the remains of Father Augustus Tolton.

"You can say this is the closest we've been able to get to him, by being so close to his remains," said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

It's the first time Bishops are meeting a man that's described as sacred and precious to Quincy and Chicago.

Bishop Perry explained, "He's a fellow priest, not only of my ethnic stripe, but a fellow priest of all the priests who've ever served in this country, and he has emerged as a model for all the good things we know, priesthood can be and should be."

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