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Thea Bowman: Active Contemplative and Mystic

Sr. Thea Bowman (1937-1990) was a transformative figure in church history in the United States. A member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the only African American sister in her congregation, Sr. Thea worked tirelessly to promote the gifts of peoples of African American descent in the Catholic Church. She once said, "When we understand our history and culture, then we can develop the ritual, the music, and the devotional expression that satisfy us in the Church."

Her charismatic personality, gift of song, and spiritual depth made her a popular speaker in various arenas. She is recognized in the Catholic Church with the title "Servant of God," a potential step to canonization.

Facilitator Dr. White was honored to have known Sr. Thea during her lifetime and will share with you her own experience of knowing Sr. Thea through storytelling and music, so that you may be able to encounter the spirituality and the joy of Sr. Thea!

Monday, October 19, 2020  Both presentations will be virtual via Zoom.
Offered twice, 10:00am — 11:15am & 6:30pm — 7:45pm
Please register for evening presentation by 4pm.
Free will offering accepted.

This program is supported by the following collaborators: Racine Dominicans, Dominican Center for Justice Resources, Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) and Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH).

Funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

C. Vanessa White, D. Min. is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic and Director of the Certificate in Black Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. She is also a member of the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies. She is a national leader among Black Catholic theologians and projects related to Black Catholic life and spirituality. 


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