The article (Jan. 6) about the Rev. Augustine Tolton, the first black priest in the United States, suggests he was ordained in 1886. Maine had its own Right Rev. James Augustine Healy, who was ordained in 1854 and was a bishop by 1875 for both Maine and New Hampshire.
“Maine’s Visible Black History,” by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot, and Bishop Healy’s biography can offer another level of detail.
Lewiston’s Healy Asylum, a home for children when orphanages were in vogue, was named in his honor.
Douglas A. Hall, Durham