Augustus Tolton: Pioneer pastor

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Denied acceptance by every seminary in the country, America’s first black priest had to travel to Rome to answer God’s call.

I had never heard of Father Augustus Tolton until I took a course in black Catholic history at Xavier University in New Orleans. I did not know that he had ministered in Chicago (where I was from) nor of the many difficulties he had encountered as he had struggled to “answer the call” to become a Catholic priest in the United States in the late 19th century.