Sister Blandina, Co-founder of the Santa Maria Center
Jan. 3, 1850 - Feb. 23, 1941
Rosa Marie Segale was born on January 23, 1850 in the small village of Cicagna in Italy. At the age of four, her family immigrated from Italy to American and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. From an early age, she expressed her desire to become a nun and join the Sisters of Charity. Her dream became a reality in 1866 at the age 16 when she and her sister began their noviate. Rosa became Sister Blandina Segale, and her sister Maria became Sister Justine.
Sister Blandina spent many years in the "Wild West", where she founded schools and a hospital, and had several encounters with the original "Billy the Kid", but that is another story...
Sister Blandina returned to Cincinnati, and in 1894 she and Sister Justine co-founded Santa Maria, a settlement house to serve poor Italian immigrants.
On October 27, 2013, after Celebration of the Mass at 9:00 a.m., the members of San Antonio Church will welcome members of Sister Blandina's family and present a donation to the Santa Maria Center in her name.
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