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Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood
http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi

Posted on 07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT by NKP_Vet

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.

Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.

Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During her time in New Mexico, she worked with the poor, the sick and immigrants. She also advocated on behalf of Hispanics and Native Americans who were losing their land to swindlers.

Her encounters with Old West outlaws later became the stuff of legend and were the subject of an episode of the CBS series “Death Valley Days.” The episode, called “The Fastest Nun in the West,” focused on her efforts to save a man from a lynch mob.

But her encounters with Billy the Kid remain among her most popular and well-known Western frontier adventures.

According to one story, she received a tip that The Kid was coming to her town to scalp the four doctors who had refused to treat his friend’s gunshot wound. Segale nursed the friend to health, and when Billy came to Trinidad, Colorado, to thank her, she asked him to abandon his violent plan. He agreed.

Another story says The Kid and his gang attempted to rob a covered wagon traveling on the frontier. But when the famous outlaw looked inside, he saw Segale. “He just tipped his hat,” said Sheehan, the archbishop. “And left.”

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TOPICS: Current Events; History; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: billythekid; catholics; nun; saints
Great story about this remarkable woman of faith.
1 posted on 07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: GeronL

Billy the Kid was on his way to Sainthood?

I suggest:
Path to Sainthood For Nun Who Challenged Billy The Kid


2 posted on 07/04/2014 7:02:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: NKP_Vet

If she wasn’t a saint the moment she died, there is absolutely no way she can become one now. Let’s hope she was.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 7:20:11 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: a fool in paradise
In August, 1987, feral journalists in the newsroom killed and ate all the copy editors. American newspapers haven't been the same since.

/johnny

4 posted on 07/04/2014 7:32:32 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NKP_Vet

BTTT!


5 posted on 07/04/2014 7:36:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Actually I see my own error, I missed the word “IS” after Kid.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 7:47:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: NKP_Vet

So Billy the Kid was trotting along down the road to sainthood, no doubt singing a bawdy trail song, and a nun challenged him...?


7 posted on 07/04/2014 8:25:38 AM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
If she wasn’t a saint the moment she died, there is absolutely no way she can become one now.

Though she likely died as a saint we don't get Western Union telegraphs informing us of this. We have to do what we can to confirm it.

8 posted on 07/04/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: aMorePerfectUnion; NKP_Vet
"If she wasn’t a saint the moment she died, there is absolutely no way she can become one now. Let’s hope she was."

Assuming that by "saint" you mean "saved," I don't think there's one person in this whole glorious Free Republic that would disagree with this per se...

...but in case there's somebody lurking out there who thinks canonization "makes" a person a saint, I have this to say:


9 posted on 07/04/2014 8:43:38 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("All the way to heaven is heaven, because Christ said, 'I am the Way.'" - St. Catherine of Siena)
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To: a fool in paradise

You’re too critical — remember where these reporters attended school and the low academic norms these days.


10 posted on 07/04/2014 9:57:10 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: a fool in paradise

Nun Who Challenged Billy: “The Kid is on the Road to Sainthood.”


11 posted on 07/04/2014 12:57:50 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If I die before I wake, feed Jake.)
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To: a fool in paradise

There’s nothing wrong with the headline. It’s clear what it means.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 6:39:19 PM PDT by vladimir998
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