El Santuario de Chimayo in northern New Mexico is the largest pilgrimage site in the U.S. Many miracles are attributed to the holy dirt found on the site.
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Fr. Juan de Padilla accompanied Coronado into what is today Kansas and became the first martyr on American soil for his efforts to evangelize.
Jean-Baptiste Lamy was the first archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and had to deal with obstinate clergy and a terribly uncatechized flock.
Sister Blandina was an Italian-born nun in the late 1800s sent to bring the Gospel to the Wild West. She earned the respect of many, including Billy the Kid.
The “miraculous” Loretto Staircase is in the Chapel of the Sisters of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was purportedly built by St. Joseph.