- Dec 5, 2019
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago.
Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry, postulator of Father Augustus Tolton’s sainthood cause, said he was “touched emotionally” by the portrayal of the African-American priest’s boyhood and family life in the new short film “Across.”
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The canonization cause for Father Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis for the priest to be declared “venerable.”
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.
The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took another step forward this week.