The U.S. has no Black Catholic saints. Could a future one be buried in Memphis?

Sister Thea Bowman, was nationally known for her work to advance the life of her fellow black Catholics in the church. She was 52 when she died of cancer on March 30, 1990, but her legacy as an educator, evangelist and gospel singer lives on. She is pictured in an undated photo in her early years as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. (Photo courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration,

MEMPHIS – Bishop Joseph Kopacz visited Sister Thea Bowman’s gravesite in October 2018, in preparation for taking her cause before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in November 2018. (Photo by Deacon Ted Schreck)