- Jul 25, 2021
Nashville filmmaker Chris Foley, inspired by the story of Father Augustus Tolton’s life, has written and directed a short film, ‘Across’, about the Tolton family’s escape from slavery.
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori has issued his second pastoral reflection in 12 months on the effects of racism on society.
Dozens of black priests met in Detroit in 1968 in the first meeting of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. The meeting came soon after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Bishop Shelton Fabre, Bishop of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese, decided to celebrate the special Mass in Thibodaux on Thursday after learning that the city had declared the day “1887 Memorial Day,” honoring 30 to 60 people killed Nov. 23, 1887 to end a strike by sugar plantation workers.
After its opening five-night run at various parishes in Oregon in October, “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” – a play about Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized African-American priest in the United States – headed to Chicago and several other Illinois cities.
In the wake of Saturday’s carnage in Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s clearer than ever that American society desperately needs help on race. The Catholic Church has unique resources to deploy, but it can’t afford to allow its own African-American community and leadership to remain “invisible”, as one African-American bishop recently described it.