Father George Clements

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U.S. religious leader and social activist, Father George Clements, is an African American Catholic priest of national renown. He made headlines fighting against the ailments of modern society such as drug addiction, crime, racial discrimination, and inadequate childcare.

Born in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 26, 1932, Clements had by the age of 12 decided to become a priest.

Since Father Clements’ 1957 ordination in his hometown of Chicago, he has tackled social justice issues, beginning with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In 1981, he Clements gained public attention when he became the first Roman Catholic priest to adopt a child.

That adoption was the catalyst for the foundation of an adoption program called “One Church One Child.” Operating in 32 states, the program has placed some 170,000 children in homes over the last 24 years. Altogether, Father Clements has adopted four sons.

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Donna - 3 years ago
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Father Peter Kolton was my Uncle, he adopted Mitchell in 1971 from Poland #1
Guest - 3 years ago
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Both are incorrect...Father Peter T. Kolton of San Antonio, Tx. adopted his son Mitchell S. Kolton in 1971 after placing 4 other children with qualified parents. Mitchell, after many attempts to find a home was adopted by Peter. #2
Devoted - 4 years ago
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Father George Clements. It is stated in many publications that he was the "First" Roman Catholic Priest to adopt a child. While in fact he was first priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.......... to adopt a child, but not the first priest to ever to do this. To the best of what research I have done, the first Roman Catholic Priest that was granted permission to adopt a child, was Father Leon Bolich in North Carolina, when he adopted his son Ronnie in mid 1976. #3

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