The Staircase | 1997
Telefilm based on the legend of the miraculous staircase of the Sisters of Loreto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mother Madalyn, the mother superior of an order of Catholic nuns in Santa Fe in 1878, is dying and her last wish is to see her gift to God, a beautiful chapel, completed before her death. When she discovers that the architect and contractor have neglected to build a staircase leading to the choir loft, Mother Madalyn and the sisters pray to St Joseph the patron saint of carpenters. Soon after, a mysterious man named Joad arrives from the desert and offers to build a never-before-seen circular staircase. Joad's solution appears to be a miracle to Mother Madalyn but others are skeptical, and the original architect and contractor, angry and embarrassed by their oversight, plot to sabotage Joad's plan. But Joad succeeds in building the staircase and more than 100 years later, the staircase still stands.