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

  • Statue of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne by Brunner
  • Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne stained glass window at Sacred Heart Parish in Mound City Kansas
  • 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 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 icon by Milton Frenzel
Artwork from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston celebrated the Feast of Rose Philippine Duchesne on Friday, November 17 and kicked off the opening of the bicentennial year marking the 200th anniversary of Philippine Duchesne coming to the New World to establish schools in America. Read more
In preparation for Saint Philippine Duchesne's Feast Day, all our 24 Network Schools have joined together to say the Bicentennial Prayer, and give us a gift from our schools to our schools and the Sacred Heart Family.    Read more
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.  Read more
At Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles
The Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri, was the first free school west of the Mississippi River when it opened in 1818. A story about the school and its foundress - Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne - was recently featured in the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, published for St. Charles County. Read more
The Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans recently shared on their website the story of our Bicentennial and the fun we are having with #FlatPhilippine.  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