Life and Legacy of Fr. Augustus Tolton Celebrated

February 6, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis (USF) invites the community to participate in two special events that will celebrate the life of Father Augustus Tolton, America’s first black, Catholic priest.

A gallery exhibit and screening of the mini-documentary, “From Slavery to Glory,” produced by USF Educational Technologist Glen Gummess will take place at the Joliet Area Historical Museum on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to the gallery exhibit and screening, the event will also offer complimentary refreshments, a cash bar, and music by USF’s Schola Cantorum and the Joliet Township High School Jazz Band. This is a free event and is open to the public. The Joliet Area Historical Museum is located at 204 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet.

A presentation on the life of Father Tolton by Professor Timothy Weldon, Ph.D., USF Department of Philosophy and Theology Chairperson, will be given on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is also a free event and is open to the public. The presentation will take place in Turk Theater (Moser Performing Arts Center) on the main USF campus located at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet.

The programs are presented through a partnership with the Joliet Area Historical Museum, the USF Office of Institutional Diversity, the USF Department of Academic Technology, the USF Philosophy and Theology Department, the USF Music Department, the Father Augustus Tolton Honor Society, and Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Anti-Racism Committee.

For more information on the programs, please contact Lisa Johnson at ljohnson1@stfrancis.edu or 815-768-8322.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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