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Former Viterbo nun gains more attention for sainthood

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The campaign to make a former Viterbo faculty member a Catholic saint is gaining attention. 

An article in America Magazine, a Catholic publication, lists Sister Thea Bowman as one of six serious candidates to be the first black Catholic saint from America. 

Bowman taught at Viterbo in the 1970s, as a member of the Franciscan Sisters, leading the Hallelujah Singers choir, and then returned home to Mississippi and gained national attention for her religious work.  She died of cancer in 1990 at age 52. 

Bishops in the U.S. have opened a study into having Sister Thea canonized. 

Five other black American candidates, dating as far back as the 1700s, are mentioned in the magazine article. 

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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