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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Sacred Heart family around the world join in a day of service

Students from 91st Street in New York, NY with RSCJ from Uganda

On Saturday, September 15, Sacred Heart schools, RSCJ, Associates, alumnae/i, parents and friends of the Sacred Heart participated in service projects around the world in honor of the 200th anniversary of the day Saint Philippine Duchesne opened the first Sacred Heart school in North America.

The day, formally named Global Service Day, spanned 24 hours and was effectively “a wave of grace throughout the day, across the globe,” said Sister Maureen Glavin, coordinator of the Global Service Day.

According to our self-report survey, projects began in New Zealand and continued on throughout:

AustraliaRSCJ serving in Fukushima, Japan
Japan
Taiwan
Indonesia
Italy
France
United Kingdom
Ireland
Uruguay
Canada
United States
Chile
Perú
Colombia
México

Many groups partnered with local organizations that focus on issues ranging from environmental justice to food justice to serving people who are elderly, economically disadvantaged, victims of disasters, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

To explore individual projects and see more photos and videos search the hashtag #SacredHeartService on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Read more about Global Service Day in a feature by the Global Sisters Report here.

Read more about Global Serivce Day in a feature by the St. Louis Review here.

Below is a map representing where projects occurred all across the world, courtesy of Convent & Stuart Hall.