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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Portrait of Rose Philippine Duchesne, Anonymous, from St. Michaels, Louisiana

Portrait of Rose Philippine Duchesne, Anonymous, from St. Michaels, Louisiana

This image, titled Rose Philippine Duchesne, features several motifs that are commonly associated with Philippine. Most prominent is the map on her lap, which signifies her role as a missionary. Additionally, the rosary marks her status as a religious.

No photograph of Philippine was taken during her life, and this painting was done after her death. It is believed that an Ursuline sister sat for the portrait as the basis for Philippine’s image.