Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest

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Today on The Catholic Gentleman site, read the inspiring story of the first black priest in America and the role his parents’ example and sacrifice played in his vocation.  It’s a beautiful story!

In July 1886, Fr. Tolton’s homecoming caused a stir. At Quincy station there was a large and noisy crowd to welcome him. Both black and white, Catholic and non-Catholic came to see the young man who had left a much-loved friend and fellow worker and who now returned in a black soutane with a red sash. That day, however, there was one who stood apart from the crowd and quietly watched with tears in her eyes as her son returned to her a priest. He was always conscious that his vocation was as a result of his mother’s example and the Christian home she had provided for him, in spite of everything.

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One Comment on “Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest”

  1. Francis Acquah-Sagoe Says:

    We will for ever be proud of you.Congratulations


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