2018 Trail of Death Caravan

September 17, 2018 (all day)

Since 1988, every five years a group of Potawatomi, historians and interested persons organize and travel the original route the third week of September. The 660-mile journey from Indiana to Kansas begins immediately following the annual Trail of Courage Living History Festival. This year, the caravan began at Chief Menominee monument south of Plymouth, Indiana, September 17 and ended at St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park, south of Mound City, Kansas, September 22.

New Orleans Bicentennial Celebration

The headline in the Clarion Herald, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, reads: Sainted Sacred Heart Foundress Had Pioneer Spirit. The article continues to tell the story of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's time in New Orleans. 

That history and those close ties of hospitality with the Ursulines will be celebrated November 18, 2017, – the feast day of Saint Philippine Duchesne – with a 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at St. Louis Cathedral.

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: 200 Years

Liturgy in New Orleans

Join us for a Mass of Celebration commemorating the Bicentennial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's arrival in New Orleans in 1818.

RSCJs renew vows

Beginning of Bicentennial for the United States – Canada Province

On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Religious of the Sacred Heart from the United States-Canada Province celebrated a special Eucharist on the Feast of the Sacred Heart – the feast day when Saint Philippine Duchesne arrived in the New World.

The Mass and reception were held at the chapel at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in St. Louis, Missouri. Videocameras were set up in the chapel, allowing members of the Sacred Heart family across the United States and Canada to join by webcast.


Various pilgrimages are being planned through the Society of the Sacred Heart and by other groups. We will post information as it becomes available. If you would like to share information about a Philippine pilgrimage, please contact Linda Behrens at lbehrens@rscj.org


Closing Mass on Philippine's Feast Day

November 18, 2018 marked the close of the Bicentennial celebration of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada. In 1818, Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne and four companions arrived in St. Charles and within days opened a school in a log cabin, the first free school west of the Mississippi and the beginning of the Society’s mission of education in the Americas. This festive Eucharist included the premiere celebration of the Mass in honor of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ, composed by Michael Joncas for the occasion.

Cokie Roberts

Missouri History Museum Lecture Series Featuring Cokie Roberts


Thank you to all who attended the Crossing Frontiers Lecture Series!

To watch Cokie Robert's full talk with Q&A click here.

Presented in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum and the Society of the Sacred Heart and its celebration, Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: 200 Years Crossing Frontiers. 

Feature Lecture

Society of the Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum 2017


Philippine Duchesne: Celebrating Her Life and Legacy
July 12-16, 2017
Saint Louis University Busch Student Center
20 N Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103

Reflections on the Spirituality Forum

The Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum 2017 is entered into the archives.