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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Bicentennial

  • Mission to New World Icon by Patricia Reid, RSCJ
    Mission to New World Icon by Patricia Reid, RSCJ
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne stained glass window at Sacred Heart Parish in Mound City Kansas
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Stained Glass, Most Sacred Heart Church (Eureka, Mo.)
    St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Stained Glass, Most Sacred Heart Church (Eureka, Mo.)
  • Communion of Saints, Tapestry, by John Nava, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles
    Communion of Saints, Tapestry, by John Nava, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne drawing by a student, Madeleine Kyhl, class of 2013 Sacred Heart Schools (Sheridan Road)
    St. Rose Philippine Duchesne drawing by a student, Madeleine Kyhl, class of 2013 Sacred Heart Schools (Sheridan Road)
Pilgrims (from left) Roscoe Hill, Ann Sieben and Jim Adams, Ann Sieben visits Saint Philippine's sarcophagus.
On Monday, March 24, 2017, three pilgrims (ages 80, 76 and 53) walked from Mound City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in honor of the bicentennial of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. After visiting Sugar Creek and the area Saint Philippine lived and prayed with the Potawatomi, they began their 335-mile to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Saint Philippine’s first school and resting place. 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

1820

"I have not the slightest doubt that Divine Providence, which has guided us to this country through so many dangers and difficulties will complete the work by hidden means, which seem to disguise God's way of helping, but which only make them seem more wonderful to those who follow him along the path of love."
~ Letter to her cousin, Josephine