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.


Sunday, September 23, was full of emotions as descendants of known enslaved persons by the Society of the Sacred Heart gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Church and Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, to remember and honor their ancestors. Read more
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. Read more
On September 14, 2018 students, faculty, parents, alumni, RSCJ and friends of the Sacred Heart gathered at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (ASH) in St. Charles, Missouri to celebrate Mass in honor of its 200th anniversary. Read more
On Wednesday, September 12, 45 students, faculty and staff who represent six of the seven Sacred Heart schools in France arrived in St. Louis in order to participate in the Sacred Heart Global Service Day and explore where Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne lived and worked. Read more
On Friday, September 7, 2018, over 1,500 people from St. Louis area schools and Sacred Heart affiliations, near and far, gathered at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, Missouri, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Saint Rose Philippine's arrival in St. Charles. Read more
**Please note the location change of the Reenactment below due to the weather forecast predicting heavy rainfall this Friday, Sept. 7. Duchesne High School2550 Elm StreetSt. Charles, 63301 Schedule Friday, September 7, 2018 Read more
Two hundred years ago, on August 21, 1818, Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne (now a saint) and four companions from France arrived in St. Louis aboard the steamboat Franklin after a hot, 40-day journey up the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Read more
Join the University of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart for the Bicentennial Celebration of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Date and Time Tuesday, October 2, 4-6:30 p.m. Location Founders Chapel, University of San Diego Details 4 p.m. Mass, Most Reverend Bishop Robert W. McElroy presiding Read more
In celebration of the Bicentennial of Philippine's arrival in the New World, join our beloved Saint and visit the sites where she lived and walked! Download "In the footsteps of Saint Philippine Duchesne: A self-guided tour" below. Read more
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On Friday, June 29, 2018, a sculpture of Saint Philippine was unveiled and blessed by the Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis, and Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province. Read more
To honor the Bicentennial of our Patroness, the 3rd grade students at Oak Hill School in St. Louis, Missouri, performed an original musical, “Crossing Frontiers,” written and directed by Mrs. Caroline Zarinelli. The opening number “#4 Grand Rue” highlights St. Rose Philippine's large and vibrant family life and her desires to live the religious life. Read more
The Bicentennial Committee is pleased to share Echoes from the Rebecca, a prayer, reflection and guided meditation resource centered around the four calls of the 2016 General Chapter.  To download, click the "vimeo" logo. Once on the vimeo page, click "Download" located beneath the video. Read more
We are happy to share with you a new French-language classroom resource: Une Collection de Lettres de Sainte Rose Philippine Duchesne avec des plans d'études pour la salle de classe. This collection of letters and accompanying curriculum based on the French correspondence of Philippine Duchesne is designed for students in the advanced levels of the French language. Read more
Watch the Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart's (AASH) gift to the Celebration of the Bicentennial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her legacy. The video was produced by Roselie Bellanca Posselius, Grosse Pointe '73, Bloomfield Hills, '77 and JC Whitelaw. Read more
Saint Philippine and the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles are featured in the St. Louis Review for Catholic Schools Week. Read more
Artwork from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston celebrated the Feast of Rose Philippine Duchesne on Friday, November 17 and kicked off the opening of the bicentennial year marking the 200th anniversary of Philippine Duchesne coming to the New World to establish schools in America. Read more
In preparation for Saint Philippine Duchesne's Feast Day, all our 24 Network Schools have joined together to say the Bicentennial Prayer, and give us a gift from our schools to our schools and the Sacred Heart Family.    Read more
The headline in the Clarion Herald, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, reads: Sainted Sacred Heart Foundress Had Pioneer Spirit. The article continues to tell the story of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's time in New Orleans.  Read more
At Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles
The Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri, was the first free school west of the Mississippi River when it opened in 1818. A story about the school and its foundress - Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne - was recently featured in the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, published for St. Charles County. Read more
The Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans recently shared on their website the story of our Bicentennial and the fun we are having with #FlatPhilippine.  Read more
Mini Replicas of the Rebecca are Built and Launched
In October 2017, intermediate students at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida, enjoyed a morning learning about Saint Philippine Duchesne's voyage to America. They built small boats to commemorate the Rebecca, the ship she traveled in. Read more
Academy of the Sacred Heart 1818
We invite you to discover Philippine’s life by exploring lessons plans written for the bicentennial celebration of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's arrival in the New World in 1818. Go to: rscj.org/bicentennial2018/lesson-plans  Read more
“Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Heart on Fire across Frontiers”
In time for its bicentennial celebration, the Society of the Sacred Heart has published “Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Heart on Fire across Frontiers,” written by Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ. Read more
Maryville University Alumni Director Erin Verry recently presented a check for $25,000 to the Academy of the Sacred Heart to underwrite Jane Shannon Cannon’s new book on the history of the Academy, Two Hundred Years: A Legacy of Love and Learning. The book was written in anticipation of the Academy's upcoming bicentennial celebration, and will be released later this summer. Read more
At the recent Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum, a special gift was presented to Provincial Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, and the United States - Canada Province. Read more
St. Louis Walk of Fame, St. Louis Walk of Fame
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame Friday, June 23, which was the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The ceremony took place at 6241 Delmar in The Loop, the location of Saint Philippine’s star and plaque. Read more
Pilgrims (from left) Roscoe Hill, Ann Sieben and Jim Adams, Ann Sieben visits Saint Philippine's sarcophagus.
On Monday, March 24, 2017, three pilgrims (ages 80, 76 and 53) walked from Mound City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in honor of the bicentennial of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. After visiting Sugar Creek and the area Saint Philippine lived and prayed with the Potawatomi, they began their 335-mile to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Saint Philippine’s first school and resting place. Read more
Flat Philippine, Flat Philippine to color
Using the concept of Flat Stanley, a children’s book from 1964 about a boy who becomes flat and can be mailed around the world, Flat Philippine was designed as a fun way to share the story of Philippine around the world! Read more
St. Louis Review
The St. Louis Review featured the celebration of St. Rose Philippine's feast day in St. Charles, Mo.  Read more
The Pearls (from left), Bob, Virginia and Bob’s daughter, Janet
The Pearl children, Virginia and Bob, grew up in early 20th century Kansas hearing stories about their great-grandmother’s devotion to a French religious they still call Mother Duchesne. Read more
St. Rose Philippine Brochure
A brochure detailing the life of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne is available to download in English, French and Spanish. Read more
The Bicentennial Prayer
Spirit of the living God, you first breathed over the waters of creation, and one day you breathed a passion into the heart of Philippine Duchesne. ...   A prayer for the Bicentennial has been written for the occasion and translated into French and Spanish. Read more
At the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Mo., the two walls adjacent to the west door of the Shrine have now been mounted with educational information (both visual and audio) that serves as a self-conducted tour opportunity. The south half of this display “travels” with the reader from France to New Orleans, to St. Louis, St. Read more