Servant of God Sister Blandina Segale
Another nun, who is also a candidate for sainthood, is Sister Blandina Segale. Born in 1850 in a small village near Genoa, Italy, the nun acquired a most unusual nickname – the fastest nun in the West. After immigrating to the United States as a small child, she attended a school run by the Sisters of Charity. When she was a teen, she felt called to join them. When she was 21, she was sent to a small Colorado mining town, where she taught children in need and ministered to the needs of Native Americans.
She also protected people from outlaws and ministered to those outlaws. She even had a confrontation with “Billy the Kid.” Grateful to her for helping a wounded member of his gang, he asked how he could repay her. Although he seemed surprised that she wanted him to abandon his intentions to scalp the doctors who refused to treat his friend, he agreed. He was just one of many people she convinced to turn away from vengeance. She helped people forgive each other. She later founded St. Joseph’s Hospital and CHI St. Joseph’s Children, a health organization, in Albuquerque. She lived to be 90, and her time in the West was chronicled in a compilation of letters.