A Slave's Path to Sainthood the Story of Father Augustus Tolton
Augustus Tolton was nine years old when his mother spirited him and his brother and sister from slavery in MIssouri to Quincy in the free state of Illinois. Even there, Gus, as he was called, knew discrimination and privation, even in the Catholic churches in which he was educated and served. Discerning a call to priesthood, Tolton found no American seminary willing to admit him. Trained in Rome, he returned to Quincy as the nation's first black Catholic priest. Today, the Venerable Father Gus Tolton is on a path to sainthood in the universal Catholic Church.
Reg Ankrom's interest in Abraham Lincoln led him to Stephen A. Douglas. And Reg is now working on the final volume of his three-volume biography of Douglas. Numerous books, journals, magazines, and newspapers have published more than a hundred of Reg’s works in historical literature. He speaks frequently on Douglas and Lincoln and antebellum American history.
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