World News Writer
Every Boston College student is aware of the long line of colonial-style houses lining College Road, but few know the extent of what these welcoming offices have to offer. One house in particular—number 72 — is named after a candidate for sainthood, and was home to a center named in honor of the same candidate (the center itself has moved to Maloney Hall)
This candidate is Sister Thea Bowman of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Known as a groundbreakingly influential African American Catholic, she began her life full of service to God in Mississippi. Born in 1937, young Thea loved to observe and listen to members of her community who “exposed [her] to the richness of African American culture and spirituality, most especially the history, stories, songs, prayers, customs and traditions.” Through the example of her role models, Thea developed a soul-defining belief in God and His ability to guide the poor and oppressed.
The Church has confirmed that in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal, and revealed her divine wishes and promises to three local shepherd children. Among other messages, Mary announced, “God wishes to establish devotion in the word to my Immaculate Heart.” Many Americans are paying renewed attention to these instructions, as a number of dioceses throughout the nation are being consecrated to the Blessed Mother.