Born a slave in Missouri, Fr. Augustine Tolton became the first African-American priest in the U.S., where he was much loved by the people and showed great priestly zeal. This story of Fr. Tolton's 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. Also included is an interview with Bishop Joseph Perry, in which he outlines the ongoing cause for the canonization of Fr. Tolton.
Deacon Ken Ramsey
Wow. Very powerful story. May God bless his soul.
First to see that the humanity of the Church is not immune to the humanity of the world
First to see that the humanity of the Church is not immune to the humanity of the world, however it is able to quickly course correct to the foundational teachings of Jesus and correct its errors.
Prior to the talk, I knew nothing about Augustine Tolton other than he was a black priest
Prior to the talk, I knew nothing about Augustine Tolton other than he was a black priest. It definitely benefited me as an African American man who, at one time, thought about the priesthood. Though I feel I now have a calling as a composer of classical music and personal ministry to those who have been abused by racist systems perpetuated by the Church, business institutions and higher education; I feel encouraged that if Tolton can endure what he endured because of the calling of his heart, so can I.
From Slave to Priest (CD)
- The inspiring story of Fr. Augustine Tolton, the first black priest in the United States
- A priest whose life is a source of strength for modern Christians who also face persecution
- Deacon Ken Ramsey served 35 years in law enforcement, ending with 12 years as the Sheriff of Kane County, and the International President of the FBI NA Association, the largest professional police association in the world.