From Slavery to Sainthood: The Inspiring Story of Augustus Tolton

The Story of Augustus Tolton

From the spring 2024 issue of Parabola magazine, I bring you my essay on America’s first identified Black Catholic priest. Born a slave in Missouri, the Venerable Augustus Tolton found freedom through his great love for humanity. His ability to overcome reminds us of the spirit’s immanent power to rise above, even in the most impossible circumstances.

The article can be found right here:

In honor of Father Tolton’s life of dedicated service, artist and iconographer Joseph Malham created an original icon, which was commissioned by Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago. Signed and numbered limited editions of the Father Tolton icon are available at Trinity Icons.

Joseph Malham’s icon of Father Augustus Tolton

About Mary A. Osborne

Mary A. Osborne is a contributor at Parabola magazine and the author of Alchemy's Daughter and Nonna's Book of Mysteries.
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