Nuns in the old West

We all know what the movies and Western shows tell us about the old West, but what are the facts? Here, we’ll discuss what these truths are, and get a better idea of what life was like in the real West!
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Nuns in the old West

Post by Dana » Sun May 26, 2019 12:09 am

I recently read At the End of the Santa Fe Trail by sister blandina segale. The book was published in 1932. Sister Blandina worked in both Colorado and New Mexico in the late 1800's. She belonged to the order of Mother Elizabeth Seton, America's first native-born saint. She lived, worked, and interacted with Catholics, non-Catholics, African-Americans, Caucasians, Mexicans, Native Americans, rich, poor, government officials, and outlaws. Details to follow.

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by Dana » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:37 am

I am not sure of the date, but in Trinidad, Colorado, Sister Blandina built a public school (finding resources herself), stopped a lynching, and talked Billy the Kid out of killing the town's four doctors.

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by wildwest » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:40 pm

there were several western movies/TV with nuns

Two mules for Sister Sara (with Clint Eastwood)

an episode of Bonanza

2 episodes of Gunsmoke
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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by Dana » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:35 am

Wildwest, one of the things I don't understand is why doc burrage did not suggest or insist Lucas take Mark to a hospital in miracle at requiem springs. In Santa Fe or Albuquerque, mark and Lucas again meet Ann Dodd working as a nurse at hospital. She is a postulant about to take her final vows as a nun.

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by wildwest » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:37 pm

Ha.....Ann Dodd becoming a nun? that would probably kill Lucas, he had the 'hots' for her
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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by Deneen » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:50 pm

Yep! :laughing:

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by Dana » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:15 am

wildwest wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:37 pm
Ha.....Ann Dodd becoming a nun? that would probably kill Lucas, he had the 'hots' for her
Lucas would do the same thing he always does: have Mark haul buckets of cold water from the creek.

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by Deneen » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:30 pm

(LOL) :laughing:

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by Dana » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:46 am

According to Across God's Frontiers, in the 1880's when the Sisters of Charity decided to build a three story trade school in Santa Fe, Sister Blandina Segale served as construction manager and site supervisor. She recruited backers, served as timekeeper for the laborers, procured and contracted for materials, and negotiated credit.

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Re: Nuns in the old West

Post by wildwest » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:27 pm

buckets of water from the creek.....ha

sounds like Sister Blandina was a talented lady!
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