Sr. Thea Bowman was an amazing woman. Prophet. Faithful presence. Loving soul. Her words at an assembly of the United States Catholic Bishops are worth your time to hear:
What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I bring myself, my black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become. I bring my whole history, my traditions, my experience, my culture, my African American song and dance and gesture and movement and teaching and preaching and healing and responsibility as gift to the Church.
Sr. Thea’s address to the Bishops is available for you to view – you can find it at this link: