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‘Rose-colored glasses’ provide vision for St. Louis

Bishop Louis W.V. DuBourg and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne were key builders for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

However, they always didn't see eye-to-eye. In fact, St. Philippine Duchesne lamented in a letter dated September 1823 that the visionary DuBourg "sees everything through rose-colored glasses," which is among the earliest written usages of the phrase to describe optimism when a situation calls for skepticism or doubt.

Crossing a Frontier

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When St. Rose Philippine Duchesne ventured from France to the New World to establish schools here, the 70-day voyage across the Atlantic was certainly rife with hardships.

She had little money. Didn't know the culture. And she ate rock-hard sea biscuits on the voyage.

These were lessons learned by students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, as part of Catholic Schools Week, which kicked off Jan. 28.

St. Louis Catholic schools respond to hurricane relief efforts

Students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge via a Facebook video to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It began with a video on Facebook — students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

St. Norbert students got a head start. From an out-of-uniform day held Aug. 29, students collected $910.85.

‘Beautiful turnout’ as St. Rose Philippine Duchesne joins Walk of Fame

A "flat Philippine" cutout of St. Philippine Rose Duchesne was placed by her newly added star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on June 23 after in was unveiled to the public.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne probably would have wondered what all the fuss was about, why so many good souls had gathered in her honor along Delmar Boulevard on the St. Louis side of the border with University City.

She neither would have expected nor sought recognition for her good works in helping shape St. Louis, let alone the honor bestowed upon her June 23, appropriately the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne arrives at St. Louis Walk of Fame

A stained-glass window of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne at the Archbishop’s Residence.

After 28 years, the walk of fame for the city named after a saint will have a saint among its honorees.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne will be inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, in the Delmar Loop of University City. Her star — and the ceremony — will be at 6241 Delmar on the street's north sidewalk near the intersection with Eastgate Avenue.

Three pilgrims journey to explore where St. Rose Philippine Duchesne ministered

Map of Missouri with the locations where the pilgrims stopped along the way
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Ann Sieben looks exactly like what you'd expect of a pilgrim.

Tanned skin and rosy cheeks are evidence of spending hours under the sun. If her boots could talk, they'd explain that the light coat of dust is from walking on a trail for weeks. Sieben's bright, big smile, though, is a tell-all of the energy and vibrancy it takes for a journey by foot to visit the places where an American saint once lived and worked.

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