We, the Augustus Tolton Society of Saint Ignatius College Prep, commend BOSS (Black Organization of Successful Students) on their bold statement that addressed the virus of racism that is prevalent throughout the world and unfortunately in our community as well.
Our vow is to continually stay vigilant in promoting an agenda that focuses on the improvement of our school and hopefully the world. Our wish is that we, the Saint Ignatius Community, can be that beacon of not just hope but an impetus in the eradication of this systemic problem.
We close with these words… words that are repeated every time we pray but as we move forward let them be the strength that is needed to not only to bless us, but more importantly to guide us. “Saint Ignatius, pray for us.”
In anticipation of Fr. Augustus Tolton’s impending canonization, Saint Ignatius College Prep’s Claver Society will now be known as the Tolton Society. Art Reliford ’72 began the Claver Endowment which benefits our African American students in need of financial aid. The Tolton Endowment has grown exponentially over the past 10 years we have been able to provide Tuition Assistance to over 5 students per year. In addition, the Saint Ignatius Tuition Assistance Program provides over 325 students each year with Financial Aid. With the leadership of the Tolton Society, led by Gerald S. McCarthy ’80, dozens of alumni as well as friends of the school have also been instrumental in reaching the endowment’s current total of over $650,000.