Thea Bowman documentary airs this fall

09/13/2022 5:12 pm

Sister Thea Bowman

A new documentary from NewGroup Media and the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, with portions filmed in Wisconsin, “Going Home Like a Shooting Star: Thea Bowman’s Journey to Sainthood,” presents the riveting life of Sister Thea Bowman, an African American Catholic Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration who used her powerful gifts to educate and challenge the church and society to grow in racial inclusivity. Thea worked tirelessly to proclaim this message until her untimely death from breast cancer in 1990. Her cause for sainthood opened November 2018.

The film features interviews and commentary from Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo University staff, her family, friends and former students. Input from African American scholars, clerics and bishops will speak to the ongoing issue of systemic racism in the church and country. The program title is drawn from a quotation attributed to Sojourner Truth. When Thea was asked what she wanted said at her funeral, she answered, “Just say what Sojourner Truth said: ‘I’m not going to die. I’m going home like a shooting star.’”

“Going Home Like a Shooting Star” includes extensive use of Bowman family photos, FSPA archival material, and footage of Thea from varied public appearances, including her famous interview with Mike Wallace on CBS’ 60 Minutes. The film makes a strong connection between Thea’s Gospel call for justice, love and unity and the current effort of Black Lives Matter activists and efforts to combat systemic racism. Many in the film cite Thea’s voice as an influence on their ongoing efforts to achieve social and racial justice.

Preview Party
Public Welcome
When: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. reception with show times at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Where: Viterbo University’s Nola Starling Recital Hall, 929 Jackson St., La Crosse
In person event / No registration is required
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WXOW Air Dates
When: Sundays, Oct. 2 and 30, 2022
Time: noon

Viewers outside of the WXOW viewing area should check their local ABC listing for show times this fall. Streaming opportunities will be announced by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, and will be posted to

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