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

November 18, 2018 marked the close of the Bicentennial celebration of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada. In 1818, Saint 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 included the premiere celebration of the Mass in honor of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ, composed by Michael Joncas for the occasion.

On November 18, 2018, Eucharistic celebrations took place around the world. Thank you to all who joined us for the Feast Day Celebration of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne and for our bicentennial closing Mass in St. Louis!