Fr. Tolton filmmaker is in awe of the story he’s working to tell
Chris Foley’s short film, “Across: The Father Tolton Movie,” is a testament to his Catholic faith, his love for a friend and his determination to tell the story of an escaped slave who would become a priest and may one day soon named a saint.–Catholic Missourian
Mr. Foley, a Nashville, Tennessee native, decided to tell the story of Father Augustus Tolton, the Roman Catholic Church’s first black priest in the United States, after reading a short article about him.
“Fr. Tolton was an interesting character,” Foley stated in a recent phone interview. “He suffered so much.”
He was born in 1854, a son of slaves who labored on a farm in rural Monroe County, Missouri.