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Duchesne, Philippine, Saint, 1769-1852.

 Person

Biography

Saint Philippine Duchesne was born on August 29, 1769 in Grenoble, France. When she was 19 years old, she joined the convent of the Visitation and was educated by the sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. However, in 1792 during the early years of the French Revolution, she saw the dispersion the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary and returned home to live with her family.

In 1804 she accepted an offer from Madeleine-Sophie Barat to merge her Visitation community with the newly-founded Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1818, Rose Philippine Duchesne traveled to America with a few other members of the Society. She arrived in New Orleans and traveled the Louisiana territory, ending in St. Charles, Missouri, near St Louis. Here she created a new house of the Sacred Heart Society in a log cabin, the first house of the Society ever built outside of France.

Saint Philippine Duchesne had a desire to work with the indigenous people in the region and in 1841 joined the Jesuits in establishing a school for the Potawatomi tribe in eastern Kansas. In 1842 she became ill and returned to St Charles, where she spent the last ten years of her life.

Rose Philippine Duchesne died on November 18, 1852, in St. Charles, Missouri. She was beatified in 1940 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 3, 1988.

Found in 4 records:

Beverly Boyd Research on Philippine Duchesne

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 1305
Overview

This collection consists of correspondence, letters, photographs, articles, books, and other materials pertaining to Saint Philippine Duchesne, from research conducted by Beverly Boyd, a former English Department faculty member at the University of Kansas who has written extensively about the saint. The collection includes information relating to Duchesne's life and accomplishments as well as her canonization in 1988 and interest about and insight into her life from a variety of cultures.

Dates: 1818 - 2013

Outstanding Pioneer Woman Award

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P585
Overview

This collection includes the application material submitted by Beverly Boyd nominating Saint Philippine Duchesne for the Outstanding Pioneer Woman Award and letters, newspaper clippings, and articles about her receiving the 1984 award.

Dates: 1984

Slide Presentation on Saint Philippine Duchesne

 Collection
Call Number: RH PH P2793
Overview

This collection consists of a slide show, with accompanying narration by Frank Eschen on an audio cassette, concerning the life and canonization of Saint Philippine Duchesne.

Dates: 1953 - 1988

The Song of Mound City manuscript

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 517
Overview

The collection contains the manuscript for the book The Song of Mound City by Beverly Boyd, about St. Philippine Duchesne.

Dates: 1989