Tolton: From Slave to Priest
A new live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest. This one-man multimedia drama is currently on a national tour, performing in churches, schools, and theaters.
A former slave who was baptized and reared Catholic, Tolton studied formally in Rome. He was ordained in Rome on Easter Sunday of 1886 at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Assigned to the diocese of Alton (now the Diocese of Springfield), Tolton first ministered to his home parish in Quincy, Illinois. Later assigned to Chicago, Tolton led the development and construction of St. Monica's Catholic Church as a black "national parish church", completed in 1893 on Chicago's South Side.
Presented by the Black Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Suitable for ages 10 and up.
Free of charge. Free-will offering accepted.
Registration not required. Walk ups welcome.