George W. Findley Memorial Lecture


This lecture is free and open to the public. Please come and invite a friend! The St. James Project will live stream the lecture to this website and archive it for future reference.

The George W. Findley Memorial Lecture will be given on Monday, November 4, 2013, by the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The lecture will begin at 7:30 PM in the Bartlett Pastoral Center and is sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio and the Office of African American Catholic Ministries.  The lecture, “Father Augustus Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” will conclude the Athenaeum’s activities for the Year of Faith by proposing Father Tolton (1854-1897) as a model of faith to be imitated. Father Tolton is the first identified priest of African descent in the United States. He was renowned for his intelligence and piety and for his indomitable spirit in the face of the prejudices of his day.   Father Tolton’s cause for beatification has been opened through the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Bishop Perry was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in May 1975 and as a bishop in Chicago in June 1998. He holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America.  He is Vice President of the Board of the Black Catholic Congress; Chairman of the USCCB Committee on African American Catholics and serves on a number of USCCB Committees. He is the Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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