A nun, who in the past faced Billy the Kid, soothed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools in the American Southwest, is going to be the subject of an upcoming TV series, ABC News reports.
Saint Hood Productions announced recently about a new project revolving around Sister Blandina Segale, a 19th century nun who confronted Old West outlaws and worked with immigrants. The series is called At the End of the Santa Fe Trail, and is a fictional take on Segale’s life and will use material from her 1932 book with the same title. Segale’s novel conisted of letters she wrote to her sister about the corruption in Trinidad, Colorado, and in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also talked about working with immigrants and prisoners.
According to one story, the nun was informed that Billy the Kid was heading toward her town to hunt down four doctors who would not treat his friend’s gunshot wound. Segale nursed Billy’s friend back to health and when he thanked her, she convinced him to forget about getting revenge on the doctor.
In regards to Segale, Allen Sanchez, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children said “She saw a divided country. She fought violence with nonviolence. She worked to stop discrimination against immigrants. These are all things we are seeing today.”
The show comes just as the Roman Catholic Church is investigating Segale to see if she was a true saint. Last October, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe officially ended its inquiry on why the legendary nun should become a saint and reported their findings to the Vatican. The inquiry, which was made public, was aimed at determining whether or not there was enough evidence to move her case through the heavily secretive process at the Vatican.
There have been multiple accounts of witnesses claiming Segale fought against the cruel treatment of Native Americans and wanted to stop the sex trafficking of women. They also testified that Segale aided cancer patients and poor immigrants.
Along with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Segale founded schools in New Mexico and St. Joseph Hospital. She also worked as an educator and social worker in Ohio, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Tomas Sanchez, the executive producer and director of the series said that 98 percent of the cast and crew will be from New Mexico. “I am honored to tell Sister Blandina’s story. This task requires lots of attention to history and demands that we hire the best New Mexican cast and crew to execute some very technically challenging film sequences,” Sanchez said.
As of now, the production is working on finding a network to air the series.