The campaign to have former La Crosse nun Sister Thea Bowman declared a saint does not surprise a long-time friend of Bowman.
Franciscan Sister Charlene Smith recalls how Bowman, the first African-American nun in the FSPA, stood out in the mostly white community, but found the two of them had much in common — that they both wanted to be Franciscans, and both wanted to teach English.
Bowman taught in the Viterbo English department in the 1970s.
Catholic bishops in the U.S. voted this week to place Bowman, who died at age 52, in consideration for canonization.
Sister Smith says researchers will find a large amount of documentation of Bowman’s life and work, as they look for proof of miracles attributed to Bowman.
Smith says she knows of a miracle, one time when Sister Thea spoke to a group of bishops and taught them some dance moves.