Philadelphia Archbishop: Venerable Augustus Tolton Is a Model of Handling Racial Injustice| National Catholic Register

Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first widely recognized African American priest, is a model for how to overcome racism and persecution, the archbishop of Philadelphia said last week. “The way Tolton internalized and processed hurt, rejection and injustice” shows “a way that we can do so ourselves,” Archbishop Nelson Pérez of Philadelphia said June 26 to a retreat of the Commission on Racial Healing of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, a Philadelphia suburb. Father Tolton was born a slave in Missouri on April 1, 1854, to Catholic parents, Peter Paul and Martha Jane. Peter Paul escaped after the beginning of the Civil War and joined the Union Army, dying shortly thereafter. Martha Jane then escaped to Illinois in 1862 with Augustus and his siblings, Charley and Anne.

Philadelphia Archbishop: Venerable Augustus Tolton Is a Model of Handling Racial Injustice| National Catholic Register

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