On July 7, 1946, a Colorado nun was canonized as the first American saint. Mother Frances Cabrini, an Italian immigrant, came to Colorado in 1902 and in 1911 purchased a site on Lookout Mountain, near Golden, as a convent, shrine, and retreat. Due to her work with the many immigrants that came to Colorado in the early twentieth century, Mother Cabrini is known as the patron saint of immigrants. You can read more about her Colorado legacy at the State Library’s Colorado Virtual Library website, which features biographies of famous Coloradans, and in the University Press of Colorado’s book Colorado Catholicism, by Thomas J. Noel, available for checkout from the State Publications Library.
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