Sr. Thea Bowman broke down racial and cultural barriers. She embraced her identity as an African-American Catholic woman within her predominately white congregregation. She gave spirited presentations, including a bold witness to the U.S. Catholic bishops. She died in 1990 at age 52. Her cause for sainthood is being promoted. Here are several articles from Global Sisters Report and National Catholic Reporter about her.
Good news for one another: The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman
Q&A with Sr. Dorothy Ann Kundinger on Sr. Thea Bowman: "Everyone loved her"
Sr. Thea Bowman takes step closer to canonization with bishops' vote
Black spiritual traditions have long history in Catholic Church
First black sisters pioneered spirituality in Catholic Church
On the 'holy boldness' of Sr. Thea Bowman: Q&A with Sherrie Tolliver and Gayle Bullock
Sainthood causes of Sr. Thea Bowman and others draw focus to black Catholics, need for justice