WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thomas Price was the first North Carolinian to be ordained as a Catholic priest. It happened in 1886 at the St. Thomas church on Dock St. Today, that building serves as St. Thomas's Preservation Hall.
Price's life would be spent with service to the church, and his outreach programs. He formed the "Maryknoll Fathers" a foreign mission society that traveled around the world spreading the word.
Today, Price is being considered by the church for sainthood. The process is a lengthy and long one where church leaders must examine his life and determine if he performed miracles.
"If a miracle were confirmed then the Holy Father might choose to declare him among the blessed," says Reverend James Garneau who is leading this effort. "If there were to be another miracle found, then the Holy Father can choose to declare him a saint."
It's a process that will continue slowly. Price's consideration was first announced last year, and no decision yet.
A historical marker can be found on 3rd St. in downtown Wilmington dedicated to Price's achievements.