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Duchesne House: Spring 2018 Offerings

The Society of the Sacred Heart established Duchesne House as response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We asked the questions: beyond our school here in New Orleans, how might we help in the rebuilding of this community? What would Philippine do today? The following programs, each offering an engaging, reflective, and prayerful experience, are our response:

March 2 – 5: Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation

Tentative Agenda:

  • Arrive for dinner and orientation
  • Take the self-directed tour of the Presbytere exhibit on Katrina
  • Go on the Hope Reality Tour (Lower 9th Ward) to see where a levee broke and what has happened over time to the area
  • Visit Grow Dat Farm and take tour of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Go on the Atchafalya Basin Keeper tour to see cause and effect of actions on the water habitat
  • Do service work with Green Light New Orleans
  • Film viewing followed by discussion
  • Liturgy at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish
  • Closing and departure

April 12 – 16: Race, Poverty and Culture Conversations

Tentative Agenda:

  • Arrive for dinner and orientation
  • Go to the Whitney Plantation for a tour and visit the Musee de FPC (Free People of Color)
  • Visit the Community Book Center, an Afro-centric center for the community run by two wonderful women, neighbors and friends, for conversation
  • Liturgy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; afternoon in the French Quarter; four to five drumming circles in Congo Square
  • Closing and departure

May 24 – 29: Goals of the Heart in a Time of Distrust

Tentative Agenda:

  • Arrive for dinner and orientation
  • Tour of the St Louis Cathedral alongside the history of Father Mastri’s stand on the burial of a Black soldier who fought for the North (this took place at the Church next door to Duchesne House on Bayou Road)
  • Tour of the Whitney Plantation and video on Bryan Stevenson
  • Visit Studio Be, a graffiti artist who sets his work in philosophy and plunges into history
  • Visit with Chief David Montana, a Mardi Gras Indian
  • Liturgy at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish to experience community of great diversity seeped in ritual of the Church
  • Closing and departure

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For more information or questions, please contact Sister Bonnie Kearney, RSCJ at duchesnehouse@rscj.org