Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

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An Hour With Thea Bowman
Maurice J. Nutt, CSsR
Pastoral pamphlet

Spend an hour with one of the 20th century's most joyful evangelists. An Hour with Thea Bowman offers insights into the life and spirituality of this joyful and indomitable woman who was so full of God’s love that she insisted on sharing it with every person, no matter their background.

Born in 1937 and reared in humble Canton, Mississippi, Sister Thea spent her life communicating God’s universal and unconditional love to those most in need of good news, especially the poor and marginalized. From the author: "My newest pastoral pamphlet has been released. It is a part of the "An Hour With..." series by Liguori Publications. I was pleased to present my friend, teacher, and mentor, who will soon be considered for sainthood, Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, Ph.D." Order An Hour With Thea Bowman 

The Franciscan Saints, Ellsberg, Robert. Orbis Books. 2017

8 Freedom Heroes Changing the World with Faith, Hill, Brennan. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2007.

All Saints, Ellsberg, Robert. Crossroad Publishing Company. 1999.

Blessed Among All Women, Ellsberg, Robert. Crossroad Publishing Company. 2005.

Great Women of Faith: Inspiration for Action, Stanton, Sue. Paulist Press. 2004

In Their Footsteps: Inspirational Reflections on Black History for Every Day of the Year, Grigsby, Daryl. ACTA Publications. 2007.

Leading Ladies: Transformative Biblical Images for Women's Leadership, Porter, Jeanne. Innisfree Press. 2000.

Lives of the Saints, O’Brien, Richard. Harper. 2001.

Looking Back To Move Ahead An Experience of History, A Journey of Hope, Brown Wright, Flonzie. . FWB and Associates, Inc. 1994. 6th printing (Millennium Edition) 2000.

Modern Spiritual Masters, Writings on Contemplation and Compassion, Ellsberg, Robert. 2008.

Praying with Visionary Women, Meehan, Bridget Mary. Sheed and Ward. 1999.

Proud to Call Mississippi Home, Mississippi in Words and Pictures with Introduction by Morgan Freeman. Image Publishing, Inc. 2006.

Religious Leaders of the World. 150 Profiles of Significant Spiritual Leaders Worldwide from Ancient Times to the Present, Macmillan Profiles. Macmillan Reference USA. 2000.

Saints to Lean On: Spiritual Companions for Illness and Disability, McGrane, SSJ, Janice. . St. Anthony Messenger Press. 2006

The Art of Living and Dying. Walters, Kerry. Orbis Books. 2011. See Chapter 3, Love – Sister Thea Bowman.

The Emerging Catholic Church. Roberts, Tom. Orbis Books. 2011. See first and last chapters.

Thea Bowman In My Own Words , Maurice J. Nutt, C. Ss.R. Liguori. 2009.

Thea’s Song. Smith, Charlene and Feister, John. Orbis Books. 2009. Winner Christopher Award Biography March 2010. Winner Catholic Press Association Award Biography June 2010. 

This Little Light: Lessons in Living from Sister Thea Bowman, McGrath, Michael O’Neill., Orbis Books, 2008.

To Stand on the Rock- Meditations on Black Catholic Identity, Brown, SJ, Joseph A. . Orbis Books. 1998.

Twentieth Century Apostles, Zagano, Phyllis. Liturgical Press. 1999.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, U.S. Bishops. USCCB Publishing. 2006. (See Chapter 8) Spanish edition 2008.

Why Not Become Fire, Mattern, Evelyn and Brancato, Helen. Ave Maria Press. 1999.

Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question, Leach, MIchael. Loyola Press. 2011. Chapter 28 She Who Overcame – Sister Thea Bowman.

Women of Mercy, Coffey, Kathy. With art by Michael McGrath. Orbis Books. 2005.

Also available is Sister Thea Bowman Shooting Star, containing selected writings and speeches by Sister Thea (1937-1990). Edited by Celestine Cepress, FSPA, Ph.D. Forward by Mike Wallace of CBS. Book (single and bulk orders) available for purchase from Viterbo University Book Store, La Crosse, Wisconsin. $9.95. ISBN 0-9671699-0-9 Phone: 800-482-8398, Fax: 608-784-2455

Available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble are two earlier books about Sister Thea you will find illuminating: Leaning on the Lord: A Retreat with Thea Bowman and Bede Abram by Joseph A. Brown, SJ, St. Anthony Messenger Press, c. 1997 and Thea Bowman Handing on Her Legacy by Christian Koontz, RSM, Sheed and Ward, c. 1991.

For the Commission on Marriage and Family Life Department of Education, Sister Thea edited a valuable book with readings, resources and family activities: Bowman, Thea, ed. Families: Black and Catholic, Catholic and Black. United States Catholic Conference. 1985.

In spring 2001, FutureChurch in partnership with Call to Action developed Celebrating Women Witnesses. This publication features essays and prayer services celebrating 12 holy women. Included, among others, are Mary of Nazareth, Clare of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Dorothy Day and Thea Bowman! Available ($10 packet) at Phone: 216.228.0869 or e-mail


Sister Thea: Her Own Story, (800-233-4629) or visit a library near you 
Almost Home: Living with Suffering and Dying, (800-325-9521) or visit
Each is excellent and includes Thea singing.

Sister Thea: Ole-Time Religion consists of 4 videos, each with two 15-min programs: Our Calling, Our Conversion, Our Covenant, and Our Salvation. Treehaus Communications, Inc. Phone: 800-638-4287, , e-mail


"Thea Joyous Troubadour of God" a colorful new icon by artist Maryam Gossling, FSPA came out in 2001. See Thea News, premier issue. For further information, contact: Maryam Gossling, FSPA, Phone: 319-360-2559 or 608-796-2175; e-mail

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