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March 7, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Vanessa White, D.Min., will present “All God’s Children: Keeping the Spirit of Sr. Thea Bowman Alive,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the Viterbo University San Damiano Chapel.

The presentation is sponsored by the Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship and is free and open to the public. Thea Bowman was a famous member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who lived life with hope, love, and justice. She was the subject of a Mike Wallace interview on the television show 60 Minutes. She died in 1990 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

“Sr. Thea Bowman was a joy-filled woman of tremendous faith action,” White said. “Her gift of song, dynamic words, and life-affirming spirit transformed everyone who encountered her. Come join us as we continue our Lenten journey reflecting on the legacy of Sr. Thea.”

White is the director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program, a theological and pastoral formation program for African American Catholics who are pursuing graduate studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

She received her Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality degree from Catholic Theological Union in 2005. She is an experienced workshop presenter, retreat leader, preacher, and teacher who has lectured nationally on issues of Catholic spirituality, women’s spirituality, African American Catholic history, and other related topics.

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