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'Fastest Nun in the West' who took on Billy the Kid faces 1st test in sainthood push

  • FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, former Archbishop Michael Sheehan talks to reporters at St. Joseph Community Health in Albuquerque, N.M. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is hosting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, a first inquiry in Albuquerque to present evidence on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint. An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools is facing her first test for Sainthood. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

    FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, former Archbishop Michael Sheehan talks to reporters at St. Joseph Community Health in Albuquerque, N.M. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is hosting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, a first inquiry in Albuquerque to present evidence on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint. An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools is facing her first test for Sainthood. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pamphlets and prayer cards of Sister Blandina Segale sit on a table at the Catholic Center in Albuquerque, N.M. as an Archdiocese of Santa Fe panel listens to evidence about Segale on possible Sainthood on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for sainthood during the panel's first inquiry. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    Pamphlets and prayer cards of Sister Blandina Segale sit on a table at the Catholic Center in Albuquerque, N.M. as an Archdiocese of Santa Fe panel listens to evidence about Segale on possible Sainthood on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for sainthood during the panel's first inquiry. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)  (The Associated Press)

  • Peco Chavez speaks on historical documents related to Sister Blandina Segale during a hearing at the Catholic Center in Albuquerque, N.M. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, about possible Sainthood for Segale. The Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for sainthood during the panel's first inquiry. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    Peco Chavez speaks on historical documents related to Sister Blandina Segale during a hearing at the Catholic Center in Albuquerque, N.M. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, about possible Sainthood for Segale. The Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for sainthood during the panel's first inquiry. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)  (The Associated Press)

An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools is facing her first test for sainthood.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is hosting Tuesday a first inquiry in Albuquerque to present evidence on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint.

Last year, the archdiocese received permission from the Vatican to open her sainthood cause.

Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and an advocate for Hispanics and Native Americans, founded schools in New Mexico and St. Joseph Hospital.

Her encounters with Old West outlaws became the subject of an episode of the CBS series "Death Valley Days," titled "The Fastest Nun in the West."

She worked as an educator and social worker in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.