About Fr. Augustus Tolton

Resource Bibliography

For prayer cards, newsletters, and brochures, call 312.534.8376 or write Bishop Joseph N. Perry at the Archdiocese of Chicago: 3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60653.


  • History of Black Catholics in the United States, by Cyprian Davis, OSB, NY: Crossroads, 1990. Ch. 6
  • From Slave to Priest, by Sister Caroline Hemesath, OSF. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006; available also through Amazon.com
  • Desegregating the Altar: the Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests 1871 – 1960 by Stephen Ochs. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1993
  • A Boy Named Gus, by Sabrina Penn, Penn Ink, 2010.
  • 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: https://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/store/title/from-slave-to-priest-1#


  • 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.


  • Call 312.534.8376 or write Bishop Joseph N Perry, Archdiocese of Chicago, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60653



  • A Boy Named Gus, by Sabrina Penn, Penn Ink, 2010.
  • Fr. Augustus Tolton: The First Recognized Black Catholic priest in America, by 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