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View Press Conference Announcing Official Vatican Decree for the

Opening of Sister Blandina's Cause of Sainthood



View Historic Press Conference announcing the Opening of the Cause of Sainthood of Sister Blandina Segale, SC. This is the first time in New Mexico's 400 year old  history a decree opening the cause of beatification and canonization has been declared. Held at CHI St. Joseph's Children, Albuquerque on June 25, 2014. Postulator - Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, Diocese of Las Cruces: Judge - Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe; Petitioner for the Cause - Allen Sánchez, CHI St. Joseph's Children.

View Official Posting of the Vatican Decree Announcing the Opening of Sister Blandina's Cause of Sainthood at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM.  On June 29, 2014.

Part 1 of 3

Featuring Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Judge for the Cause

Part 2 of 3

Featuring Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, Postulator for the Cause

Part 3 of 3

Featuring Sisters of Charity and Allen Sanchez, Petitioner for the Cause

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Sister Blandina Segale, SC

Whereas: The People of God of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and beyond have expressed their affection and devotion of Maria Rosa Segale, also known as Sister Blandina Segale, 73 years after her death. The People of God have requested of the Archbishop of Santa Fe, to open the Cause of Beautification and Canonization of Sister Blandina Segale. The Pontifical Congregation for the Cause of Saints has granted the Archbishop of Santa Fe permission to open the Cause of Beautification and Canonization. Therefore: I, Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe declare open a canonical inquiry of the holiness and heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Sister Blandina. A Cause for Beautification and Canonization is now open. Summon: I summon all persons with knowledge and or evidence of this Servant of God to make known their knowledge and evidence. Appoint: I hereby appoint Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop of Las Cruces Emeritus, as Postulator of the Cause. I accept CHI St. Joseph’s Children as Petitioner of the Cause. Let it be known that Sr. Blandina shall now bear the title “The Servant of God.”

Contact Info


Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez

Bishop Emeritus

Diocese of Las Cruces

c/o Petitioner

Allen Sánchez



Sister Blandina  Segale Photo

Courtesy of Palace of the

Governors - Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA) Negative #67735