After Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne died on November 18, 1852, she was buried on the convent grounds in St. Charles, Missouri. Three years later, Mother Aloysia Jacquet, RSCJ, had a small octagonal shrine built in honor of Our Lady of the Pillar on the grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles. Soon after, Mother Duchesne’s remains were removed from the cemetery and placed in this shrine where she rested for almost 100 years.
After weeks of being closed due to COVID-19 this spring and summer, the Shrine of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne located in St. Charles, Missouri, has been open for limited visits by appointment only.
Welcome to the new Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne website. This site was rolled out along with new websites for the Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ.org), Associates and Vocations. Toggle between these sites using the links in the upper left corner.
We invite you to explore our updated site, which includes information about the shrine and Saint Philippine’s life.
Check out our online gift shop, featuring books, holy cards, medals and more.
Consider joining our Legacy Roster by making a donation to support the shrine.
As part of the five-year plan undertaken by the Academy of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and supported by a partnering foundation, in anticipation of the Bicentennial in 2018, the administration (and the Shrine director) identified the need to accommodate pilgrims who arrive at a time when no volunteer docent is on duty.
Two displays, both visual and audio, have now been mounted on the two walls adjacent to the west door of the Shrine. The information contained serves as a self-conducted tour.