Tolton: From Slave to Priest is being hosted Jan. 10-15, by three churches, a retreat center, and a Catholic high school.

Tolton is 75 minutes long and is recommended for ages 10 and up. It’s a production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, ordained in 1886 as the first openly African American priest. This true story of courage, forgiveness, and reconciliation resonates deeply with audiences.

Father Tolton, who in 1886 became the first identified Black priest ordained for the United States, challenged the status quo to bring about social change.

Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago, postulator for Father Tolton's canonization cause, is calling Tolton a production that will "inspire a new era of peace, hope and forgiveness in America."

The Archdiocese of Chicago opened Father Tolton's sainthood cause in 2010. Pope Francis declared him "venerable" in June 2019 after a theological commission unanimously recognized his "virtuous and heroic life." Two steps of the process remain: beatification and canonization.

Father Tolton served as a parish priest in Chicago, where he died in 1897 at age 43.

"His testimony is a needed example to a world that profoundly needs not to lose hope as we make every effort to bring about justice in our time as Catholics today," said Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Father Tolton.

The performances are:

Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., Holy Redeemer Church, Portland

Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., Resurrection Church, Tualatin

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Retreat Center, Beaverton

Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., Christ the King Parish, Milwaukie

Saturday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m., St. John Bosco High School Gym, Salem