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Tolton Scholars Program

Recent Tolton Scholar with program director, Dr. C. Vanessa White, at graduation.

To meet the growing needs for professionally trained and credentialed ministers in the Black Catholic community in Chicago, CTU and the Archdiocese of Chicago jointly sponsor the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry program. The Tolton program provides graduate theological education and formation to qualified Black Catholic women and men who want to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Tolton Scholars earn a theology degree with full financial support and commit to work in the Archdiocese of Chicago for a minimum of three years after graduation.

Tolton Scholars participate in activities designed to enhance their own spirituality and integrate spiritual formation, academic understanding, and practical ministerial skills. All of these activities take place within the context of the African-American culture in Chicago. This formation consists of twice-monthly theological reflection with other scholars, retreats, and participation in specified events and seminars.

Learn more in the Tolton Scholars program section