Friday, January 19, 2007

Black & Catholic in America

If you haven't read this interview with the good Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, MTS, you've got to fit it into your reading schedule.

He is also the author of the new foreword to From Slave to Priest, Sister Caroline Hemesath's 1973 biography of Father Augustine Tolton (1854-1897), the first black priest in America. Carl E. Olson, editor of, recently interviewed his former classmate and spoke with him about Father Tolton, the history of black Catholics in America, and the unique challenges faced by black Catholics today.

The book outlines the hardships of life for a Black man in the mid 1800's with a calling for the Priesthood. The bigotry and racism of those outside the church as well as inside the church. Still Augustine Tolton didn't leave the Catholic Church but saw the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith and followed his calling into the Priesthood.

What an amazing story (I've got to buy this book) and what an amazing person is Deacon Harold.

Go here for the complete interview.

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