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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Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne, St. Charles, MO

St. Charles, Missouri

619 N. Second Street, St. Charles, MO 63301

The Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne is located on the campus of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. The Academy of the Sacred Heart was opened by Saint Philippine and was the first free school west of the Mississippi River. Following her death in 1852, Mother Duchesne was buried on the grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. On June 13, 1952, Saint Philippine's sarcophagus was moved into the Shrine, which had been built in 1951.

Find out more: duchesneshrine.org

 

Florissant, Missouri

1 Rue St. Francois, Florissant, MO, 63031

Old St. Ferdinand, a Shrine to Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, is at the site of one of the earliest European settlements west of the Mississippi and was home to Saint Philippine from 1819 to 1827 and 1834 to 1840.

The St. Ferdinand parish was established in 1789. For a number of years, a log church served the community until the original portion of the existing church was constructed in 1821. The convent was built in 1819.

Find out more: oldstferdinandshrine.com

 

Mound City, Kansas

729 W. Main Street, Mound City, KS 66056

On September 7, 1942, the newly constructed Shrine of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was dedicated as Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Shrine has beautiful stained glass windows that depict the life and ministry of Saint Philippine and other features, including a marble sanctuary and a statue of Saint Philippine. Original art murals and Stations of the Cross panels were painted by two nuns from the Ursuline community of Paola and have been a beautiful feature of the Shrine.

Find out more: miamilinncatholics.org/SH

 

Centerville (Sugar Creek), Kansas

8499 W. 1525 Road, Centerville, KS 66014

Saint Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park is located at the former St. Mary’s Sugar Creek Mission. The mission was the true end of the Trail of Death, where the Potawatomi lived for 10 years. In 1841, Philippine’s desire to serve among the native people came to fruition. She went with three other Religious of the Sacred Heart to Sugar Creek to establish a school for Potawatomi girls. The Indians named her “Woman Who Prays Always.”

Find out more: potawatomi-tda.org/kansas/stphilip.htm

 

St. Marys, Kansas

200 E. Mission Street, St. Marys, KS 66536

After 10 years in Centerville (Sugar Creek), the Potawatomi were moved by the government to St. Marys, Kansas. Saint Philippine had returned to St. Charles but the other RSCJ who had gone to Sugar Creek with her moved with the Potawatomi to this new location. The RSCJs built a school there. The building is still standing and is next door to the Indian Pay Station Museum. Seven RSCJs are buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in St. Marys, which is not far from the school.