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24th Annual Tolton Lecture “If Not for the Women”


The contributions of the women to the mission and growth of the Church are understated. If Not for the Women, engages the role of women in the Salvation story of the Christian movement supported by scripture and historical narratives. The cultural context of the role of Black women in the evangelization mission of Kingdom building is explored.

The Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Scholarship Program was established in 1990 in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Theological Union.  It was developed to meet the growing needs of African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  It provides an opportunity for African Americans to receive academic, personal, spiritual and professional education and training in preparation for professional ministry within the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Tolton Program was named after Fr. Augustus Tolton, born in 1854, ordained in 1866, who was the first recognized African-American priest in the United States. A tireless minister and man of God, Fr. Tolton died on July 8, 1897.  The cause for canonization was opened in 2010 for Servant of God Augustus Tolton.  The legacy of Fr. Augustus Tolton is evident today through the commitment of men and women of African ancestry who are currently pursuing theological studies at Catholic Theological Union.


Dr. Lewis-Mosley is a Professional Registered Nurse with a BSN from Boston College. She is retired from New York Hospital- Weill Cornell University Medical Center. She has a Health Law Specialty, Master of Juris Prudence from Seton Hall University Law School; Doctor of Ministry Degree – Healing Mind Body Spirit- Drew University Theological School. She is a Lay Associate Order of Preachers-Caldwell Dominicans. Dr. Lewis-Mosley is an Aquinas Institute of Theology- Delaplane Preaching Scholar member of the 2022 Writing Cohort. She is a contributing author to several Publications: Preaching Racial Justice., Religion, Women of Color, and the Suffrage Movement: The Journey of Holistic Freedom. “Does Christian Catechesis Have a Gender Problem?” She is a parishioner at the Church of Christ the King, Jersey City, a historical Black Catholic Parish for the Apostolate to the African American Community. She and her husband of twenty-seven years Mr. Eugene Mosley serve the parish of Christ the King in various ministries.

  • Start Date
    February 28, 2024,4:30 pm CT
  • End Date
    February 28, 2024,7:00 pm CT
  • Hosted By
    • Tolton Scholarship Program
  • Event Type
    • Class/Lecture/Seminar
  • Location
    • CTU
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