Celebrating Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, a pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who came to St. Charles, Missouri, from France and founded the first free school west of the Mississippi in September 1818.

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  • Rose Philippine Duchesne by Hugo von Bouvard
    Rose Philippine Duchesne, Oil on Canvas, by Hugo von Bouvard
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, by William J. Schickel, acrylic on canvas, 1974
    Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, by William J. Schickel, acrylic on canvas, 1974
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne icon by Milton Frenzel (Villa Duchesne in St. Louis, Mo.)
    St. Rose Philippine Duchesne icon by Milton Frenzel (Villa Duchesne in St. Louis, Mo.)
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne at Pere Marquette Gallery St Louis University
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne sculpture by Harry Weber at Academy of Sacred Heart, St. Charles, Missouri
On Sunday, April 23, a philosopher (age 80), a theologian (76), and a pilgrim (53) began walking from Mound City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in honor of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. They are taking a spiritual and historical journey by foot connecting the area where St. Read more
Flat Philippine, Flat Philippine to color
Using the concept of Flat Stanley, a children’s book from 1964 about a boy who becomes flat and can be mailed around the world, Flat Philippine was designed as a fun way to share the story of Philippine around the world! Read more
St. Louis Review
The St. Louis Review featured the celebration of St. Rose Philippine's feast day in St. Charles, Mo.  Read more
The Pearls (from left), Bob, Virginia and Bob’s daughter, Janet
The Pearl children, Virginia and Bob, grew up in early 20th century Kansas hearing stories about their great-grandmother’s devotion to a French religious they still call Mother Duchesne. Read more

Quotes from Philippine

1851

"I beg you never to close this house of St. Charles. If you could only see the pretty place we have here, standing beside the church, you would not have the courage to take it from us. I sympathize with all the crosses you have to carry, and I beg you, take mine away by safeguarding our first dwelling-place.”
~ unknown