Monday, January 08, 2007

Fr. Augustine Tolton

The first African-American priest in the United States. Rocco has a decent profile, and as he points out, more people need to hear of his story of courage and determination. And it's really troubling to read just how much opposition he faced from within the Church. He was not allowed to study in America; however he managed to get to Rome and study at the Collegium Propaganda Fide (the college of what eventually became the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Its current Prefect is Ivan Cardinal Dias, former Archbishop of Bombay.) Ignatius has reprinted a biography, which deserves attention. I'm going to see if it's in the library here.

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