Saint Philippine Duchesne and four religious companions of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus came from France to Louisiana in 1818 with the express desire of working among Native Americans to bring them knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ for them. After many years of educating the children of European settlers, Philippine finally realized her dream when she was sent to an encampment of the Potawatomi at Sugar Creek, Kansas.
Karen Olson has written a life of Philippine for middle school children. Entitled Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: a Dream Come True, the book is liberally illustrated with photos taken by Karen during her travels to places where Philippine lived. The narrative is based on the standard biographies by Louise Callan and Catherine Mooney. It answers actual questions some middle school students posed to Karen about Philippine’s life and personality and about canonization.
This perpetual calendar was created by Duchesne Academy in Omaha, Nebraska to celebrate the Bicentennial of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne’s 1818 arrival in America. Relive Philippine’s remarkable journey of strength and endurance with this unique quote-per-day calendar offering daily excerpts from the pioneer saint’s correspondence. Beautifully designed, this stand-up calendar makes a perfect gift that lasts for years in home or office. A must-have for every child of the Sacred Heart.
In time for its bicentennial celebration, the Society of the Sacred Heart has published “Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Heart on Fire across Frontiers,” written by Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ.
Two hundred years ago, Rose Philippine Duchesne set out across the Atlantic to establish the Society of the Sacred Heart and educate the children of the new world. Opening the first Catholic school west of the Mississippi, Mother Duchesne, known as “the woman who prays always,” crossed frontiers to bring faith, love and education to the new world.