Tolton: From Slave to Priest

Come learn about the first African American priest in this production based on the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton.  Born a slave on a Missouri farm, Tolton and his mother and siblings escaped to Quincy, Illinois, where they continued to experience hardships and persecution.

In spite of all this, he persevered in his deep desire to become a Catholic priest, even when every seminary in the United States rejected him. “We’re not ready for a colored priest,” they protested. Finally ordained in Rome, he returned to Illinois and worked tirelessly to serve people of all races, especially the former slaves who flocked to Chicago.  Now his cause for sainthood is moving forward, as more and more people recognize the humble perseverance, determination and compassion of this extraordinary man.

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm
The Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

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