July 6, 2017 //


Father Augustine Tolton, also known as Augustus, is pictured in a photo from an undated portrait card. Born into slavery in Missouri, he was ordained a priest April 24, 1886. He served as pastor at St. Joseph Church in Quincy, Ill., and later established St. Monica’s Church in Chicago. The canonization cause of Father Tolton, the first U.S. diocesan priest of African descent, was opened in Chicago earlier in March. (CNS photo/courtesy of Archdiocese of Chicago Archives and Records Center) (March 11, 2010) See TOLTON March 11, 2010.

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