"I was a poor slave boy but the priests of the Church did not disdain me. It was through the influence of one of them that I became what I am tonight...It was the priests of the Church who taught me to pray and to forgive my persecutors…In this Church we do not have to fight for our rights because we are black. She had colored saints – Augustine, Benedict the Moor, Monica. The Church is broad and liberal. She is the Church for our people."
~ Ven. Father Augustus Tolton