As we have discussed previously on this blog, one of the reasons that the Society survived in Russia was the refusal of Catherine to promulgate the Brief of Suppression in her territories in White Russia. The Brief was only to become ‘live’ or active when promulgated by the local church. This mechanism was in place in order to prevent the alienation of assets (land, building, art ) from the Church – with local kings, queens and nobility unscrupulous about getting their hands on Jesuit property. Fr Walton is one of the unsung heroes of this period of Suppression because of his careful stewardship which allowed the restored Society to continue its mission and went some way in ameliorating the injustices of the suppression.
Walton along with Rev. James Ashton and Rev. Robert Molyneaux were the founders of the Corporation of the Roman Catholic Church Clergyman which was established in 1792. He is buried at the cemetery of St Inigoes. St. Ignatius Church in St. Inigoes Maryland is the site of the oldest continuously operating American Catholic Parish and was one of the earliest places in America, along with nearby St. Mary's City, to legislate religious tolerance, with the relevant laws dating back to the 1600s. St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, built in the 1780s, is located there and is a designated historic site. The parish also includes part of one of the nation's oldest known African American Catholic communities.