Thank you! The Lord has answered your prayers and sent us the perfect actor to play the first African American priest in our new live production, Tolton: From Slave to Priest.
Meet actor Andrae Goodnight – you’re going to love him! A Catholic convert, Andrae is talented and on fire for the Faith. He and his wife Cheryl are the parents of six children. This beautiful family is willing to sacrifice so that Father Augustus Tolton can be seen and heard.
“The story of the first Black priest in America touches me in a very personal way. It is a journey inward, and his sanctity beckons me to prayer and my own personal pursuit of holiness,” Andrae explains. “To play Father Tolton, I need to connect to his humanity. I am seeking not only to play this role, but to become the role I play.”
He realizes that there will be many challenges in presenting this drama.
“I see my role, particularly as a Black Catholic, as a way to answer the question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ Augustus Tolton was on the outside. Rejected by every seminary in America, he was finally ordained in Rome. I hope this play pushes forward the conversation about what it means to be a truly welcoming Catholic community.”
So now we’re beginning the production process. We start rehearsals in July, and are shooting for an October opening. There is so much to do, but we’re proceeding in trust, because we believe Tolton will be a significant instrument of healing for the divisions in our country.
We’re counting on your prayers and support to carry us through this monumental project. See how God has answered your prayers so far by sending us the actor to play this role! Pray especially for Andrae, that he will be given the grace to bring Father Augustus Tolton to life in a powerful way. And pray for Cheryl and their kids, too!