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San Angelo, TX - An important official from the Vatican is in San Angelo researching the lady in blue. Father Stefano Cecchin is a postulator. He gathers information on the cause for canonization in the Catholic Church.
While in the Concho Valley his focus is on "Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda" also known as "The Lady in Blue."
"Because she had more than 500 apparitions here," says Father Cecchin.
During his research, he has had a film crew capturing his journey, for a documentary on "The Lady in Blue." For the past few days, Father Cecchin has toured places where she inspired Jumanos to become Christians.
"He will leave with a feel of what West Texas is like," says Tilly Chandler, the Chairman for the Historic Beginnings of San Angelo Donor Park Project
Monday, Father Cecchin toured the future site of the statues honoring Jumanos and The Lady in Blue. The park is off the Concho River near Oakes Street. Park project organizers are thrilled to have someone from the Vatican here.
"We were stunned... He came to little San Angelo to find out what we were doing," says Chandler.
Father Cecchin says this park as well as the documentary will help people learn about "The Lady in Blue."
"Because we need to know the story, know this woman and what she did," say Cecchin.
The story is, in the 1600's, Sor Maria de Jesus lived in Spain and without leaving the monastery she appeared many times along the Concho River to the Jumano Indians.
"She converted the Indians and here is the evidence that it happened here," says Cecchin.
That evidence included antique drawings in San Angelo and Paint Rock representing apparitions by The Lady in Blue. Father Cecchin is set to leave San Angelo Thursday.
The documentary is set to have the premiere here in San Angelo in May, days after the ribbon cutting of the park project.