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Sister Blandina brought the Catholic faith to the American frontier. Born in Italy, her family emigrated to the U.S. when she was 4 yrs. old. She joined St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Sisters of Charity and was soon assigned to work in Colorado and later in New Mexico. Teaching was her main work but she also started orphanages and hospitals. Living in the lawless West, she disarmed gunfighters, lynch mobs and bandits (Billy the Kid) with her kindness. Sister returned to Cincinnati in 1894 to work with the poor Italian immigrants. She died of natural causes at 91 years old.