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Sainthood cause launched for 1st black US priest

March 23, 2010

The Archdiocese of Chicago has introduced the cause for beatification of Father John Augustine Tolton, the first black priest in the United States. Born in 1854, he escaped slavery in 1862, was ordained in 1886, and died in 1897. ““It is appropriate that, during this Year for Priests, we recall our forebears who were holy men in the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Chicago,” said Cardinal Francis George.


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