Resources on Father Tolton
Below you can find additional media resources on Father Augustus Tolton.
- Davis, Cyprian. The History of Black Catholics in the United States. New York: Crossroads, 1990.
- Chapter 6 is entitled “Shepherd with Black Skins” and focuses on the first African American priests including Fr. Augustus Tolton, the Healey Brothers and the Josephites.
- Hemeseth, Caroline. From Slave to Priest. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006. Originally published by Franciscan Herald, 1973.
- This is still considered the definitive book on the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton. While it was originally published by Franciscan Herald Press, it was reissued by Ignatius Press with a new introduction.
- Ochs, Stephen. Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests. 1871 – 1960. Louisiana State University Press, 1993.
- Dr. Ochs has written an extensive book on the struggle to have an indigenous African American Roman Catholic priesthood in the United States. While a majority of the book focuses on the Josephites, there is a section on Fr. Augustus Tolton.
- Penn, Sabrina. A Boy Named Gus. Chicago: Penn Ink, 2010.
- A Story about Fr. Augustus Tolton, America’s first African American Catholic priest.
Augustus Tolton: the Church is the True Liberator, by: Joyce Duriga, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 2018
Audio Book (From Slave to Priest) by Lighthouse Catholic Media – visit: https://www.lighthousecatholiclmedia.org/store/title/from-slave-to-priest
- Enduring Faith – Produced by the Diocese of Buffalo, NY, focuses on Josephites and their struggle to have an indigenous black priesthood. A section of the film focuses on the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton.
Prayer Cards, Newsletters, Brochures
- Call 312.534.8376 or write: Bishop Joseph N Perry, Archdiocese of Chicago, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60653
- https://tolton.archchicago.org/ The Archdiocese of Chicago official website for the Cause for Sainthood for Father Augustus Tolton includes historical information about his life, various videos that can be viewed on line and other important information about his life. See also, www.dio.org The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois also has a website that includes a virtual library and film. See the video at: http://www.dio.org/tolton/tolton/videos-about-father-tolton.html
- Liturgy Training Publications — www.LTP.org — A Brief Biography of a Faithful Priest and Former Slave by: Joseph Perry, Chicago: Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications, 2013. https://www.ltp.org/p-2539-father-augustus-tolton-a brief-biography-of-a-faithful-priest-and-former-slave.aspx
- Chicago Studies: American Causes, winter 2015 vol. 54:3, chicagostudies.org — Servant of God Augustus Tolton, Reports for the Historical and Theological Commissions assigned to the research on Tolton’s Life and Virtues.
- A Boy Named Gus by: Sabrina Penn, Penn Ink, 2010.
- Fr. Augustus Tolton: The First Recognized Black Catholic priest in America, Corinna Laughlin & Maria Laughlin & Didier Pagot, Editions Du Signe, France, distributed by LTP-Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, Illinois, 2015 [email protected]
- Enduring Faith – produced by the Diocese of Buffalo, NY; focuses on the Josephite Fathers and their struggle to welcome indigenous black priesthood in the United Sates; shows a section on Father Tolton
- Heed the Call-Do You Have the Courage? Tolton-DVD 2017 produced by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Vocations Office, heedthecall.org