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

  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne mosaic by Hildreth Meiere, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
    St. Rose Philippine Duchesne mosaic by Hildreth Meiere, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Oil on Panel, by Margaret Mary Nealis, RSCJ
    St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Oil on Panel, by Margaret Mary Nealis, RSCJ
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne illustration on parish bulletin
  • 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.)
  • Triptych of Blessed Philippine at the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Florissant, Missouri
    Triptych of Blessed Philippine at the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Florissant, Missouri
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
St. Rose Philippine Brochure
A brochure detailing the life of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne is available to download in English, French and Spanish. Read more
The Bicentennial Prayer
Spirit of the living God, you first breathed over the waters of creation, and one day you breathed a passion into the heart of Philippine Duchesne. ...   A prayer for the Bicentennial has been written for the occasion and translated into French and Spanish. Read more

Quotes from Philippine

August 29, 1919

"I am fifty years old today. That age makes me realize how unfit I am for this venture I have undertaken, but it does not lessen the tender affection that has bound me to you…"
~ Letter to her cousin, Josephine