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Bishop Joseph N. Perry

More than 100 people gathered at the Athenaeum Monday to hear Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago (second from right) discuss the possibility of sainthood for Father Augustus Tolton, a former slave and the first identified priest of African descent in the United States. Bishop Perry is the postulant for Tolton’s sainthood. Pictured from left is Andrew Hilgefort, Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, Rector of Mount Sr. Mary’s Seminary of the West and President of the Athenaeum, Bishop Perry and Father Earl Fernandes, Dean of the Athenaeum. (CT Photo/Steve Trosley)
By Steve Trosley The Catholic Telegraph The middle 19th century, including the Civil War period, was a time of tragedy and strife in America. Emerging from this dramatic time was Father Augustus Tolton, the first American of African descent ordained to the priesthood. The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary