Monday, March 29, 2010

From Slave to Priest

From Slave to Priest by Caroline Hemesath, 255 pp. Ignatius Press

In this remarkable story, we witness one man's unwavering desire to become a priest against incredible odds. What make this story truly unique is that Augustine Tolton would become the first black priest in the United States. But it is his holiness that endears us to beloved Father Gus.

The story begins with background information about his parents poverty and slavery. Not just a story of suffering and sacrifice, it is also a story of hope and courage. Sadly, the racial injustices do not end with his parents. He too experiences many hardships because of prejudice and fear. At the same time, there are others who are kind and helpful along the way, encouraging his vocation. The overwhelming theme throughout the book is his outstanding virtue. In this year of the priest, this would make an excellent read to remind us of the many difficulties young men endure in order to become priests. "Good Father Gus" let us follow your example.

From Slave to Priest

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