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U.S. bishops recommend Sister Thea for sainthood



She might be the most famous nun ever to teach at Viterbo University…and soon, she could become a Catholic saint.

Sister Thea Bowman has been endorsed as a candidate for canonization by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bowman was the first black member of the Franciscan Sisters of La Crosse, and taught English at Viterbo during the 1970’s while also leading a choir at the college.

She became widely known for social activism after returning to her home state of Mississippi, and died of breast cancer at the age of 52.

The unanimous vote by the bishops leads the way to a church examination of Bowman’s life and works, to determine if she meets the standards for sainthood.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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