Pictured (l to r), Andrew Hilgefort, Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, President and Rector of the Athenaeum, Most. Rev. Joseph Perry, Fr. Earl Fernandes, Academic Dean of the Athenaeum. Photo courtesy of The Catholic Telegraph.
Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, presented the George W. Findley Memorial Lecture on Monday, November 4 at the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the Athenaeum campus.
His presentation: “Father Augustus Tolton: From Slave to Priest to Saint” concluded 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.
The lecture was live streamed on this website by the St. James Project. This being our first attempt to record a lecture such as this, there were kinks that should be worked out going forward. The first part below begins only after the inaudible portion was deleted. The second part has better sound quality.
“Father Augustus Tolton: From Slave to Priest to Saint” – Part One:
“Father Augustus Tolton: From Slave to Priest to Saint” – Part Two: