Born December 29, 1937, in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Thea was reared as a Protestant until at age nine when she asked her parents if she could become a Catholic.
Gifted with a brilliant mind, beautiful voice and a dynamic personality, Sister Thea shared the message of God’s love through a teaching career. After 16 years of teaching, at the elementary, secondary and university level, the bishop of Jackson, Mississippi, invited her to become the consultant for intercultural awareness.
In her role as consultant Sister Thea, an African American, gave presentations across the country; lively gatherings that combined singing, gospel preaching, prayer and storytelling. Her programs were directed to break down racial and cultural barriers. She encouraged people to communicate with one another so that they could understand other cultures and races.
In 1984, Sr. Thea was diagnosed with breast cancer. She prayed “to live until I die.” Her prayer was answered, and Thea continued her gatherings seated in a wheelchair. In 1989, the U.S. bishops invited her to be a key speaker at their conference on Black Catholics. At the end of the meeting, at Thea’s invitation, the bishops stood and sang “We Shall Overcome” with gusto.
Thea lived a full life. She fought evil, especially prejudice, suspicion, hatred and things that drive people apart. She fought for God and God’s people until her death in 1990.
Taken from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration here.
|Walking in My Shoes: Challenge to Eradicate Racism (Contains pages of many resources)||https://www.archlou.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Walking-in-My-Shoes-Challenge-to-Eradicate-Racism.pdf|
|Commonweal Magazine – A Response to Racism w/ Fr. Bryan Massingale, SJ||https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/podcast/response-racism|
|Deacon Ned Berghausen – A Reflection on Kentucky Catholicism and the Sins of Slavery & Racism||http://bit.ly/SrTBSReflectiononKY|
|Will Ousley – Having the Uncomfortable Conversations||http://bit.ly/SrTBSUncomfortableConversations|
|Racial Justice Advent Reflection Book||http://bit.ly/SrTBSAdventReflectionBook|
|KET – Facing an Uncomfortable Truth||https://www.ket.org/program/facing-an-uncomfortable-truth/|
|Archbishop Lori – How church teaching can help explain why ‘Black Lives Matter’||https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/07/27/archbishop-lori-how-church-teaching-can-help-explain-why-black-lives-matter|
|Br. Ken Homan, S.J. – Four Ways for White People to Challenge White Apathy||https://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2020/06/01/white-people-challenge-white-apathy/|
|Dr. Aisha White – What is Race? Having the Conversation With Young Children||https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/what-is-race-having-the-conversation-with-young-children|
|Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church – The Principle of Solidarity||http://bit.ly/CatholicSolidarity|
- Pilgrimmage for Racial JusticeJoin members of Saint Agnes in participating in this 2-day event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville Office of Multicultural Ministry. The pilgrimage starts on Friday, October 15th with a prayer service at St. Augustine Church (1310 W. Broadway) from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 16th, participants will gather at the Cathedral of the Assumption (433 S. 5th St.) at 10:00 a.m. After an opening prayer, students from Presentation Academy will lead participants to their school campus (861 S. 4th St.). Along the mile-long route, students will discuss aspects of local racial justice history.At Presentation’s gym, pilgrims will share fellowship over lunch. In the afternoon, there will be a panel discussion and keynote address delivered by Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, New Orleans. The day will conclude with Mass at 4:00 pm. A goodwill offering of $10 per adult will be collected. To register, visit https://bit.ly/mcpwt. Contact Will Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Janice Mulligan at email@example.com for more information.
The Record (Archdiocese of Louisville): Reflection on racism takes shape at parish – https://therecordnewspaper.org/reflection-on-racism-takes-shape-at-parish/