John R. Slattery (1851–1926)

Born in New York City, Slattery was ordained as a Mill Hill priest in 1877. His ministry was dedicated to African-Americans and he crusaded for equality for black Catholics within the Church. His loss of a bitter battle over the seminary training and ordination of blacks in the 1890s set in motion an increasing disillusionment with the Church, and he exited the priesthood in 1906.



S. Ochs, Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests, 1871-1960 

See also CHn's Bibliography on Catholicism and African-Americans