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Pilgrimage in Chicago Honoring First Black American Priest

CNA: In honor of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in the U.S., the Chicago archdiocese is holding a pilgrimage in May which will visit sites associated with his life and ministry. “He has been looked upon as a founder, if you will, of the black Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Chicago,” Andrew Lyke, director of the archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, told … More →

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Investigation Begins to Advance Canonization Cause for African-American Priest

A couple of years ago I wrote the story of Father Augustus Tolton for our website. Sometime afterward, I received a complimentary letter from his great grandniece. She must be very happy that the cause has entered the first phase. I am delighted. CNA reports: The Archdiocese of Chicago has begun a new phase of the investigation that could ultimately canonize Fr. Augustus Tolton. As … More →

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Father Augustus Tolton, First Black Priest in the U.S.

“They’re watching me,” he wrote to Saint Katharine Drexel, his confidant and benefactor. One of the Catholic websites I frequent offers a video about a Black American priest by the name of Augustus Tolton. I could see by the black and white photo of him with a biretta on his head that he lived in the early twentieth, maybe even the nineteenth century. Being curious, … More →

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