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.


Saint Philippine and the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles are featured in the St. Louis Review for Catholic Schools Week. Read more
Artwork from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston celebrated the Feast of Rose Philippine Duchesne on Friday, November 17 and kicked off the opening of the bicentennial year marking the 200th anniversary of Philippine Duchesne coming to the New World to establish schools in America. Read more
In preparation for Saint Philippine Duchesne's Feast Day, all our 24 Network Schools have joined together to say the Bicentennial Prayer, and give us a gift from our schools to our schools and the Sacred Heart Family.    Read more
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.  Read more
At Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles
The Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri, was the first free school west of the Mississippi River when it opened in 1818. A story about the school and its foundress - Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne - was recently featured in the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, published for St. Charles County. Read more
The Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans recently shared on their website the story of our Bicentennial and the fun we are having with #FlatPhilippine.  Read more
Mini Replicas of the Rebecca are Built and Launched
In October 2017, intermediate students at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida, enjoyed a morning learning about Saint Philippine Duchesne's voyage to America. They built small boats to commemorate the Rebecca, the ship she traveled in. Read more
Academy of the Sacred Heart 1818
We invite you to discover Philippine’s life by exploring lessons plans written for the bicentennial celebration of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's arrival in the New World in 1818. Go to: rscj.org/bicentennial2018/lesson-plans  Read more
“Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Heart on Fire across Frontiers”
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. Read more
Maryville University Alumni Director Erin Verry recently presented a check for $25,000 to the Academy of the Sacred Heart to underwrite Jane Shannon Cannon’s new book on the history of the Academy, Two Hundred Years: A Legacy of Love and Learning. The book was written in anticipation of the Academy's upcoming bicentennial celebration, and will be released later this summer. Read more
At the recent Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum, a special gift was presented to Provincial Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, and the United States - Canada Province. Read more
St. Louis Walk of Fame, St. Louis Walk of Fame
Ssint Rose Philippine Duchesne was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame Friday, June 23, which was the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The ceremony took place at 6241 Delmar in The Loop, the location of Saint Philippine’s star and plaque. Read more
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