Her first outpost was Public School No. 1, where she had no difficulty explaining that bad things happen to people who break moral laws. When the town's hulking sheriff had to face down a lynch mob, Sister Blandina stood with him.
In 1846, encouraged by Lord Shrewsbury and Bishop Wiseman, Sister Cornelia established the first house of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
On November 1, 1930, a stocky, black-bearded young man entered St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. He was in agony, holding his left arm, shattered in a car crash. Soon, he found himself being charmed by his nurse, a young shy nun, Sister Florence Cloonan.