Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest
Publisher: EWTN Publishing
Publication Date: December 10, 2018
Father Augustus Tolton was a faithful servant of the Lord who faced oppression and adversity, but still proclaimed the Good News of Jesus’ love with determination. In this gripping book, popular author and speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers recounts the powerful story of Tolton’s heroic journey from a humble birth in slavery to becoming the first black American priest.
Through every obstacle that came his way - untimely death of his father, abject poverty, and even being denied admission from every Catholic seminary in America - faced these hardships with strength and courage. His strong faith was unwavering; instead of succumbing to racial hatred encountered throughout the Deep South during a time in which segregation laws were enforced harshly in different parts of America, he continued to spread the Catholic faith with passion and conviction. Fr. Tolton became an inspiration for black Catholics trying to find home within the American Church, illuminating hearts with truth and beauty amidst challenging times.
The inspiring story of Father Augustus Tolton lives on through this incredible book by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers: pick up your own copy today and experience firsthand why Fr. Tolton is seen as such a hero amongst so many.