New Catholic Dictionary – Venerable Philippine Rose Duchesne

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Foundress of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in America, born Grenoble, France, 1769; died Saint Charles, Missouri, 1852. She was educated by the Visitation Nuns, and later entered the Order. After its dispersion, during the Reign of Terror, she attempted to reestablish the convent of Sainte-Marie d’en Haut, at Grenoble, but in 1804, at the suggestion of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, she incorporated her community into the Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1818 she was sent with four companions to establish the order in America. She settled at Saint Charles, and continued her work despite the countless difficulties which confronted her, founding houses at Florissant, Grand Chateau, New Orleans, Saint Louis, and Saint Michael. She journeyed to Sugar Creek, Kansas, and labored there among the Potawatomie Indians. Declared Venerable, 1900.

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  • “Venerable Philippine Rose Duchesne”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 13 June 2021. <>