by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
This past Dec. 10, was a very historic day in the life of our diocese: the exhumation of the mortal remains of Father Augustine Tolton took place at St. Peter Cemetery in Quincy that day. Born April 1, 1854, he was the first full-blooded African-American Catholic priest in the United States. A former slave who was baptized and reared Catholic, he studied formally in Rome. He was ordained in Rome on Easter Sunday of 1886 at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Assigned to the diocese of Alton (now the Diocese of Springfield), Father Tolton first ministered in Quincy, and later served in Chicago.
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