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Dissertation Led to a Saint in the Making

Stephani Richards-Wilson PhD’13’s dissertation caught the attention of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, and she was recently invited to Germany to present her research at a two-day symposium on Willi Graf of the Nazi resistance group called the White Rose. Graf was executed by the Nazis on October 12, 1943, for high treason. In late 2017, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising opened an investigation into possible sainthood. Dr. Richards-Wilson’s dissertation is the only one in the world that focuses on Graf’s discernment process and self-sacrifice. It is also the only one in the English language and is playing a pivotal role in the sainthood process. Her trip was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising as well as the White Rose Institute in Munich. A copy of her dissertation can be found in the UW–Madison library.

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