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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New Orleans Bicentennial Celebration

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. 

That history and those close ties of hospitality with the Ursulines will be celebrated November 18, 2017, – the feast day of Saint Philippine Duchesne – with a 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at St. Louis Cathedral.

The Mass will be preceded by a procession at 2:30 p.m. and followed by a reception at the Old Ursuline Convent at 1100 Chartres St., the safe haven where the original band of five sisters was taken in and cared for by the Ursulines.

Read the full article here!