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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A Pilgrimage in Honor of Philippine

On Monday, April 24, a philosopher (age 80), a theologian (76), and a pilgrim (53) began walking from Mound City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in honor of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. They are taking a spiritual and historical journey by foot, connecting the area where Saint Philippine prayed with the Potawatomi near Mound City to her first school and resting place at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles.

Their journey will take place in three stages: from Mound City to Clinton, Missouri; Clinton to Boonville, Missouri; and Boonville to St. Charles, mostly on the Katy Trail. In total, they will walk 328 miles in 25 days. At night, they plan to stay at 12 Catholic parishes, 11 Protestant churches and two secular pilgrim hostels.

Anyone may join them for portions of their pilgrimage. They will be warmly welcomed at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, where they are scheduled to arrive on May 18.

Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, head of school at the Academy, asks that the RSCJ family keep these pilgrims in their prayer. She shared with Ann Sieben, a member of the Society of Servant Pilgrims, “This will be exciting to ‘be with you in spirit’ as you walk and pray in honor of Philippine!”

Follow their journey: winterpilgrim.blogspot.com

The route of the Saint Philippine Pilgrims