Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest (Paperback)
In these fascinating pages, popular author and speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers tells the gripping story of Augustine Tolton, who valiantly overcame a series of seemingly insurmountable challenges -- birth into slavery, his father's death, abject poverty, and even being denied acceptance by every Catholic seminary in America -- to become the first black American priest.
Despite the hardships placed on Fr. Tolton by a culture rooted in racial hatred, he became a tireless messenger of the Gospel, plunging into the Deep South where segregation was decreed by harsh laws, penetrating even the hardest of hearts with the richness, beauty, and truth of the Catholic Faith.
He was a beacon of hope to black Catholics in the 19th Century who were trying to find a home in the American Church. He was a visionary who saw beyond race and politics, teaching that the Catholic Church wants to free us not just from slavery, but from slavery to sin.
About the Author
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers known as the "Dynamic Deacon" is one of the world's most sought-after Catholic speakers today. An accomplished preacher and evangelist, Deacon Burke-Sivers, 51, travels across the world speaking at conferences, workshops, parish retreats and other events to help people who desire a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. He is also a published author and radio cohost whose areas of expertise include marriage and family life, men's spirituality, prolife issues, the sacraments, evangelization and prayer.