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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  • Portrait of Rose Philippine Duchesne, Anonymous, from St. Michaels, Louisiana
    Portrait of Rose Philippine Duchesne, Anonymous, from St. Michaels, Louisiana
  • Artwork by Brother Michael O'Neill McGrath, this image appeared on the cover of America Magazine.
    Philippine on the cover of America Magazine.
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, by William J. Schickel, acrylic on canvas, 1974
    Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, by William J. Schickel, acrylic on canvas, 1974
  • Mission to New World Icon by Patricia Reid, RSCJ
    Mission to New World Icon by Patricia Reid, RSCJ
  • Philippine with Indians
    Philippine with Indians
As part of its bicentennial celebration in 2018, the Society of the Sacred Heart has commissioned a sculpture of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne for the Jubilee Prayer Garden at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd. This will be a life-sized, seated sculpture of Philippine with a map on her lap. Philippine will be depicted in her mid-40s, her age when she left France to come to America. Two matching benches for visitors to sit with Philippine will be part of the piece. Read more
To honor the Bicentennial of our Patroness, the 3rd grade students at Oak Hill School in St. Louis, Missouri, performed an original musical, “Crossing Frontiers,” written and directed by Mrs. Caroline Zarinelli. The opening number “#4 Grand Rue” highlights St. Rose Philippine's large and vibrant family life and her desires to live the religious life. Read more
The Bicentennial Committee is pleased to share Echoes from the Rebecca, a prayer, reflection and guided meditation resource centered around the four calls of the 2016 General Chapter.  To download, click the "vimeo" logo. Once on the vimeo page, click "Download" located beneath the video. Read more
We are happy to share with you a new French-language classroom resource: Une Collection de Lettres de Sainte Rose Philippine Duchesne avec des plans d'études pour la salle de classe. This collection of letters and accompanying curriculum based on the French correspondence of Philippine Duchesne is designed for students in the advanced levels of the French language. Read more
Watch the Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart's (AASH) gift to the Celebration of the Bicentennial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her legacy. The video was produced by Roselie Bellanca Posselius, Grosse Pointe '73, Bloomfield Hills, '77 and JC Whitelaw. Read more