Spanish Pilgrims visit state, seeking ‘Blue Nun’

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Last week the Archdiocese of Santa Fe welcomed the First International Pilgrimage by a group from Agreda, Spain, who are seeking information about Venerable Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda, known as “The Blue Nun” or the “Lady in Blue,” who reportedly appeared to Indians in New Mexico and West Texas.

Photo courtesy Paul Hardin: An English speaking spokesperson for the visitors from Agreda Monastery in Spain, holds her copy of Paul Hardin’s article about the Blue Nun printed in the Chieftain’s June edition.

The pilgrims visited New Mexico last week to advance Sor Maria’s cause for sainthood and will report their findings to their bishop, the Most Rev. Gerardo Melgar Viciosa, bishop of Osma-Soria in Spain, and to Padre Gaspar Calvo, vice postulator for the Cause of Sor Maria and president emeritus of the Pontifical International Marian Academy of Rome, according to a release from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Part of the pilgrimage will involved a visit to the Gran Quivira ruins, part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument near Mountainair, where Sor Maria was said to have appeared more than 500 times to the Jumanos, a Plains Indian tribe at Gran Quivira as well as in southwest Texas, the release said.

Sor Maria, allegedly gifted with bilocation (the ability to appear in more than one place at the same time), is reported to have asked the Jumanos to go to the Pueblo of Isleta to ask the Franciscans to send missionaries to their tribe, according to the release.

Joining the archdiocese in this effort were be organizers and representatives of the National Parks Service, Mountainair community leaders, the University of New Mexico, the Jumano-Apaches of West Texas, the Archdiocese of San Antonio (Texas) and the Diocese of San Angelo, the release said.

Information gathered from the pilgrimage and these events will be the subject of a documentary film in progress, the archdiocese said.

For more background, see “The Legend of the ‘Lady in Blue’ — The Blue Nun” that appeared in El Defensor Chieftain last month.