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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Blessing of New Philippine Sculpture June 29

Jun 29, 2018

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.

The artist awarded the commission is Gianfranco Tassara of Inspired Artisans in Milwaukee.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, the sculpture will be unveiled and blessed by the Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis, and Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province. The event is open to the public.