Title: From Slave to Priest, The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton
Author: Sr. Caroline Hemesath
Description: Born into a black Catholic slave family, Father Tolton conquered odds to become a Catholic priest, and at his early death at age 43, this pioneer black American priest left behind a shining legacy of holy service to God, the Church, and His people.
“Few stories are as moving and exciting as that of Father Augustus Tolton, who rose from the chains of slavery to become the first recognize Black priest in the United States. Everyone will be moved by his story, and I especially urge young Catholics to read the book, and learn from Father Tolton, just how much a life can mean, and how much God can accomplish through us, if we are willing.” Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta