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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Closing Mass on Philippine's Feast Day

Nov 18, 2018

November 18, 2018 will mark the close of the Bicentennial celebration of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada. In 1818, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and four companions arrived in St. Charles and within days opened a school in a log cabin, the first free school west of the Mississippi and the beginning of the Society’s mission of education in the Americas. This festive Eucharist will include the premiere celebration of the Mass in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ, composed by Michael Joncas for the occasion.

Join us for a Feast Day Celebration of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for our bicentennial closing Mass.

On November 18, 2018, Eucharstic celebrations also will take place around the world. Consider hosting a celebration at your school or parish. The music composed by Michael Joncas will be available to download as soon as it is recorded.

More information to come!