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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Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, by William J. Schickel, acrylic on canvas, 1974

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, by William J. Schickel, acrylic on canvas, 1974

William Schickel, who also designed the interior of the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, was created in memory of Ann McEhlhatton, RSCJ. The image uses the familiar motif of the oak leaf, placing it where Philippine’s cross would have rested.

This painting currently hangs in the Society of the Sacred Heart United States - Canada Province Archives, St. Louis, Mo.