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November 29, 2019 /

Edict to open the Investigation Published

Bishop Joseph Kopacz read the edict to open the cause for canonization for Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, Servant of God, at a Sunday, Nov. 18, 2019 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

The Edict for the Canonization Cause of Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA

The church was packed with people who loved Sister Thea and can’t wait to see her become a saint.  Dr. Andrea Ambrosi living in Rome was appointed by Bishop Kopacz as the Postulator for the Cause.

Dr. Ambrosi, his assistant, and Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration sitting in the front pew

On November 19th, the official diocesan investigation began with the establishment of theological and historical commissions.  These commissions will study Sister Thea’s life, writings, and speeches to determine whether she lived a life of holiness and possessed heroic virtues worthy of emulation and that her writings and speeches were free of theological heresy.
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration from LaCrosse, WI with Bishop Kopacz
Simultaneously, tribunals are being opened throughout the country to hold personal interviews with those who intimately knew Sister Thea to gather witness testimonies.  This work will culminate with the presentation of the Positio or position dossier to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.   


Sr. Dorothy Kundinger, FSPA (Sr. Thea’s caregiver) in the center holding the Edict with other close friends of Sr. Thea

Signed Edict