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With the thorough scholarly research and inspirational writing by Sister Caroline Hemesath, the great legacy of this first black priest, and his courage in the face of incredible prejudice within the Church and society, will be a source of strength and hope for modern Christians who face persecution for their faith, especially black Catholics who still experience similar prejudices. In American history, many black people have achieved, against great odds, success and made distinct contributions to our society and their fellowman. But Father Tolton faced a different source of prejudice—an opposition from within the Church, the one institution he should have been able to rely on for compassion and support.
He endured many rebuffs, as a janitor spent long hours in the church chapel in prayer, and attended clandestine classes taught by friendly priests and nuns who saw in his eyes the bright spark of the love of God, devotion to the Church and a determination to serve his people. Denied theological training in America, these friends helped him to receive his priestly education, and ordination, in Rome. He later became the pastor of St. Monica's Church in Chicago and established a center at St. Monica's which was the focal point for the life of black Catholics in Chicago for 30 years.
The author interviewed many people who knew Father Tolton personally, including St. Katharine Drexel, and presents a deeply inspiring portrait of a great American Catholic.
Within this book are various illustrations and photographs.
This book on Fr. Augustine Tolton highlights the story of the first, acknowledged native-born Black American Catholic priest in the United States. Fr. Augustine's cause for canonization has been opened by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and this book does a great service in bringing his story to the light. What is more, however, is that his story has import for all those aspiring to a priestly or religious vocation in the Church. Fr. Augustine showed the virtues of perseverance, fortitude, and hope among many others - all virtues that all Christians need. Therefore all Catholics, whether Black American or otherwise, can spiritually profit from this great story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.