Iozzio, “Liturgical Anthropology of a Soulful Sister”

August 14, 2013

Iozzio, M. J.  2013.  Liturgical Anthropology of a Soulful Sister: Thea Bowman, FSPA.  Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 17(3): 317-326.

Abstract: This article considers the potential contribution to theology and disability studies of the life work of Sister Thea Bowman, an African American Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a Faulkner scholar, an educator par excellence, and a woman of spirit, song, and dance. I propose that Bowman offers a liturgical key to accepting difference and overcoming divisions. I explore two works in particular, her introduction to the first African American Catholic Hymnal and her address to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to see the change that liturgy can make in Catholic faith communities.

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