The Thea Bowman Center is a retreat house named after an awesome spiritual warrior, Sister Thea Bowman. Born December 29, 1937, in Yazoo City, Miss., Thea was reared as a Methodist until at age nine when she asked her parents if she could become a catholic. Gifted with a brilliant mind, beautiful voice and a dynamic personality, Sr. Thea shared the message of God's love through a teaching career. After 16 years of teaching, at the elementary, secondary and university level, the bishop of Jackson Miss., invited her to become the consultant for intercultural awareness.

In her role as consultant Sr. Thea, an African-American, gave presentations across the country; lively gatherings that combined singing, gospel preaching, prayer and storytelling. Her programs were directed to break down racial and cultural barriers. She encouraged people to communicate with one another so that they could understand other cultures and races.

It is in this spirit of Sister Thea Bowman that the Bowman Center exists. Its purpose is to allow for people of any nationality, creed, or color to have a peaceful place for spiritual reflection and growth. The building accommodates 37 overnight guests who have full use of the facility. There is an onsite kitchen and many meeting rooms that can be utilized during the stay. There is also a library full of material that can help anyone on their Christian journey.

More information about reserving the Thea Bowman Spiritual Advance Center can be obtained by calling (773) 483-4300.