$1 million grant to establish Chicago center named for first African American Catholic priest

The Venerable Augustus Tolton died in 1897, but thanks to a $1 million grant announced in his name Wednesday, the nation’s first Black Catholic priest could nurture and strengthen the vitality of Catholic congregations in Chicago for generations to come. Tolton, who was born into slavery in Missouri and escaped to Illinois with his family …

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Augustus Tolton Prayer Service

+In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. LEADER: Born a slave in Brush Creek, near Hannibal, Missouri in 1862, Augustus Tolton was baptized a Catholic — the faith of his owners. His own family of slaves tried to escape through the woods, with Confederate slave catchers breathing …

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The First Black Catholic Priest in the United States

This is a film about the first Black Catholic Priest in the United States and his heroic journey towards the Priesthood. Being born into slavery in 1854, he faced many adversities and obstacles. However, this is the story of his perseverance through it all. View>>>>>