Nun who challenged Billy the Kid to be subject of TV series

A nun who once challenged Billy the Kid and who opened hospitals and schools in America’s southwest is to be the subject of a TV series.

Saint Hood Productions was scheduled to announce a series on Sr Blandina Segale.

“At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” is a semi-fictional account based on Sr Blandina’s life and largely based on material from the nun’s 1932 book with the same name.

Officials said the production is working on finding a network to air the series.

The nun from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati became famous for her clashes with Old West outlaws and for her work with immigrants.

According to one story, she received a tip that Billy the Kid was coming to her town to scalp four doctors who refused to treat his friend’s gunshot wound.

Sr Blandina nursed the friend to health, and when Billy went to thank her, she convinced him to abandon his violent plan.

Allen Sanchez, president and CEO of CHI St Joseph’s Children — an Albuquerque community health organisation born of Sr Blandina’s work — said the nun is a perfect subject for a television series since many of the same issues she faced still resonate.

“She saw a divided country. She fought violence with nonviolence. She worked to stop discrimination against immigrants,” Mr Sanchez said.

“These are all things we are seeing today.”

In October, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe came to the end of its inquiry on whether the legendary nun should become a saint, and sent its findings to the Vatican.

The inquiry heard from witnesses who said Sr Blandina fought against the cruel treatment of American Indians and sought to stop the trafficking of women as sex slaves.

They also testified that in death, Sr Blandina has helped cancer patients and poor immigrants who have prayed to her for help.


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