Skip to comments.Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood
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 friends 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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Billy the Kid was on his way to Sainthood?
Path to Sainthood For Nun Who Challenged Billy The Kid
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.
Actually I see my own error, I missed the word “IS” after Kid.
So Billy the Kid was trotting along down the road to sainthood, no doubt singing a bawdy trail song, and a nun challenged him...?
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.
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:
You’re too critical — remember where these reporters attended school and the low academic norms these days.
Nun Who Challenged Billy: “The Kid is on the Road to Sainthood.”
There’s nothing wrong with the headline. It’s clear what it means.
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