ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Around 30 people are scheduled to make a pilgrimage to the Salinas Pueblo Missions Monument in honor of "the Blue Nun."

Retired educator Henry Casso is leading pilgrims next weekend to visit the mission ruins outside of Mountainair for Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda.

Casso says the pilgrimage is aimed at getting more people behind efforts to push sainthood for the 17th Century Catholic icon and author.

She is lauded in Spain as one of the most influential women in its history.

Sor Maria also is remembered in New Mexico because, according to the story, in her apparition she advised the Jumanos to ask the Franciscans for a missionary for their tribe. Those efforts helped establish peaceful settlements in the territory and in Texas.