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Sisters driving Model T Ford.

S. Blandina Segale Photo Gallery


Sister Blandina Segale, SC


S. Justina Segale and family members c. 1866


In 1872, S. Blandina traveled over the Santa Fe Trail to Trinidad in the Colorado Territory and taught at the public school. She returned to Trinidad (1889-'92) to teach at Holy Trinity School.

In 1881, S. Blandina went to Albuquerque in the New Mexico Territory where she taught, founded a Wayfarer's House, and did outreach work with the Native Americans and the poor of the areas. Click here for a larger photo.


1897-1933: S. Blandina was involved in issues such as human trafficking, juvenile delinquency, care for unwed mothers, and establishing outreach centers in Italian neighborhoods. This photo was taken at Santa Maria Institute.


Sister Blandina Segale, SC in the 1930s.


Sister Blandina Segale, SC


Sister Blandina Segale, SC


In 1877, S. Blandina went with her sister, S. Justina Segale, "to see if they could do anything for the poor Italian [immigrants]" in the city of Cincinnati. Together they founded Santa Maria Institute, one of the first Catholic settlement houses in the United States.


Francesco Segale, father of Sisters Blandina and Justina

 


Santa Maria Institute, October 1917
Classes in war-time cookery for both women and girls are held throughout the city. At Santa Maria Institute, Sister Blandina gives instruction in the preparation of ravioli.



Community Celebrates Reprint of
At the End of the Santa Fe Trail


Sisters, Associates and friends of the SC Community gathered Wednesday, Oct. 29 to celebrate the reprint of S. Blandina Segale’s At the End of the Santa Fe Trail. The reprint, with a new cover and introductory material to commemorate the approval of the cause for Sister’s canonization, was available for purchase for the first time. In addition, members of S. Blandina’s family were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. Artifacts related to S. Blandina were on display with a viewing of the Death Valley Days episode, “Fastest Nun in the West,” featuring the Servant of God.

At the End of the Santa Fe Trail recounts the lively experiences of S. Blandina on her mission in Colorado and New Mexico from 1872 to 1892. This is part of the saga of this colorful Sister of Charity who worked tirelessly for the poor and marginalized, advocated for women and children, cared for the sick and built orphanages, hospitals and schools. To purchase a book…


Press Conference Announcing Cause for Sainthood, June 25, 2014


Sisters of Charity Monica Lucas, Celestia Koebel, Patricia Sabourin and Victoria Marie Forde attended the press conference announcing the cause of sainthood for Sister Blandina Segale, on June 25, 2014. The decree was hung on the doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, NM on June 29.  Participating in the ceremonies were: Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces (Postulator), Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe (Judge for the Cause), Victor Limary (Board of Directors Vice-Chair CHI St. Joseph’s Children), and Allan Sanchez (Petitioner for the Cause, President & CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children). St. Joseph’s Children was founded by Sister Blandina while ministering among the poor in the New Mexico Territory.