The Word Among Us

June 2014 Issue

I’m Going Home like a Shooting Star!

The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman.

By: Jill A. Boughton

I’m Going Home like a Shooting Star!: The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman. by Jill A. Boughton

On June 17, 1989, less than a year before she died of bone cancer, Sr. Thea Bowman was invited to address the American bishops. Different as she was from this group—a Southern black woman, a nun raised among Protestants, a dying woman vibrantly alive—Sr. Thea was fully herself and very much at home.

She began her address by singing the Negro spiritual “Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child,” then humbly asked the bishops...

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