Thea Bowman Day, March 30

The Catholic community around the world celebrates the anniversary of Sister Thea Bowman's homegoing every March 30. In 2015, the 25th anniversary, FSPA reveled in her perpetually bright presence as a member of the FSPA community.

"This Little Light of Mine" performance by the Viterbo University Concert Choir and Brother Mickey McGrath's latest painting (unveiled during Mass), "Brother Sun. Sister Thea."

Read Reflections
Sister Cecilia Corcoran: Thea's wide smile reached my soul
Sister Celesta Day: Thea Bowman, shooting star
Sister Malinda Gerke: Sister Thea's amazing grace
Sister Rita Rathburn: An Interview with Sister Thea Bowman

Read Mayor's Proclamation
La Crosse, Wisconsin Mayor Tim Kabat declared March 30, 2015 Sister Thea Bowman Day. Read the Mayor's Sister Thea Bowman Day proclamation.

Read and watch recent news
"Good news for one another: The legacy of Sister Thea Bowman" is the title of Tom Roberts' story featured in NCR's Global Catholic Sisters Report. Tom, NCR editor at large, was a guest at the Thea events held at the Franciscan Spirituality Center and St. Rose March 29 and 30.

Sister Thea Bowman’s Life and Legacy on Display debuted at the Franciscan Spirituality Center on March 17. Sister Malinda Gerke shared her story about a Thea experience that, to her, sparked the realization of race that “We are all one; all together.” Audrey Quanrud also spoke, pointing out the juxtaposition of the celebration with the “observance of the Selma anniversary [commemorating the Bloody Sunday March 50 years ago] … part of Thea’s story too.”

La Crosse Tribune recently paid tribute to the life, legacy and celebration soon to come: the 25th anniversary of Sister Thea’s homegoing. She was “The first black Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and the granddaughter of a slave,” reads the article that announces the anniversary events of this month, further describing her as “an intellectual giant, a star, a modern mystic, a prophet and ‘Mother Teresa with soul.’” Sister Charlene Smith echoes those sentiments in the story: “She was a star, a thoroughbred, a life force.” Read FSPA to memorialize their shooting star.

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