Thea Bowman (1937-1990)

By Grace O’Malley. 

I’ve blogged about the Catholic Church and its male-dominance, an experience I am well acquainted with. As a white woman, however, I have had the privilege of never feeling marginalized because of my race in the white-dominated Church. And although I strongly identify with writings of Mary Daly, the “radical” Catholic feminist, I do not want to make the mistake she made by neglecting to acknowledge the experiences and voices of women of color. In light of this, I’d like to dedicate our first #tbt a Catholic woman of color who encountered barriers and prejudices I never have.

Thea Bowman was an African-American Catholic nun, who in addition to be being a religious woman, was a scholar, speaker, and an activist for racial justice.

postulant thea4 3

Continue reading