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.


Pilgrims (from left) Roscoe Hill, Ann Sieben and Jim Adams, Ann Sieben visits Saint Philippine's sarcophagus.
On Monday, March 24, 2017, three pilgrims (ages 80, 76 and 53) walked from Mound City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in honor of the bicentennial of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. After visiting Sugar Creek and the area Saint Philippine lived and prayed with the Potawatomi, they began their 335-mile to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Saint Philippine’s first school and resting place. Read more
Flat Philippine, Flat Philippine to color
Using the concept of Flat Stanley, a children’s book from 1964 about a boy who becomes flat and can be mailed around the world, Flat Philippine was designed as a fun way to share the story of Philippine around the world! Read more
St. Louis Review
The St. Louis Review featured the celebration of St. Rose Philippine's feast day in St. Charles, Mo.  Read more
The Pearls (from left), Bob, Virginia and Bob’s daughter, Janet
The Pearl children, Virginia and Bob, grew up in early 20th century Kansas hearing stories about their great-grandmother’s devotion to a French religious they still call Mother Duchesne. Read more
St. Rose Philippine Brochure
A brochure detailing the life of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne is available to download in English, French and Spanish. Read more
The Bicentennial Prayer
Spirit of the living God, you first breathed over the waters of creation, and one day you breathed a passion into the heart of Philippine Duchesne. ...   A prayer for the Bicentennial has been written for the occasion and translated into French and Spanish. Read more
At the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Mo., the two walls adjacent to the west door of the Shrine have now been mounted with educational information (both visual and audio) that serves as a self-conducted tour opportunity. The south half of this display “travels” with the reader from France to New Orleans, to St. Louis, St. Read more
In celebration of the bicentennial in 2018 of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Mo., a special wine is being produced and made available for purchase. French winemaker Jean-Louis Chave, husband of Erin Cannon Chave ’85, is overseeing production of a Cuvée Bicentennaire. The Chaves live one hour’s drive from Grenoble, France, the birthplace of St. Philippine Duchesne. Read more
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne is one of seven people with connections to Louisiana remembered for their devotion to God and for their legacy of faithfulness, generosity and commitment. Read more