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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.

‘Renaissance’ of Catholic education to extend to North County schools

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The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee is recommending the creation of a new partnership model of governance among four Catholic schools in the Northeast St. Louis County.

Under the model, four schools — St. Angela Merici, St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, all in Florissant — would be jointly operated by the sponsoring parishes and the archdiocese. The new model would ensure educational and religious educational programs are of similar quality in all of the schools, including enhanced staffing and programs.

Students honor hometown favorite St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on her feast day

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St. Rose Philippine Duchesne certainly experienced the trials of a new frontier when she arrived in St. Charles in 1818. Lack of housing, cold, harsh weather and a language barrier were some of the challenges she and her fellow Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart faced as they set out to teach children.

Nearly 200 years later, Catholics living where St. Rose Philippine got her start celebrated the saint's feast day on Nov. 18.

Restoring a St. Louis Catholic treasure

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Just as the U.S. Constitution was coming into force and George Washington was sworn in as president on the steps of Federal Hall in New York City in 1789, a log mission church was being constructed more than 950 miles away in the small town of Florissant.

Honoring St. Rose Philippine Duchesne with 24 hours of prayer

There’s a new exhibit at the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchense, located on the grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles. The exhibit provides a self-guided tour of key moments in the saint’s life and the impact her missionary endeavor had on the archdiocese. The shrine is at 619 N. Second Street and is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

A well-known tale of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's life in St. Louis was that she slept in a small closet under a staircase at her community's convent in Florissant.

It was believed St. Philippine Duchesne slept on a straw mattress, in her desire to be as close as she could be to the Eucharist in the chapel nearby. Prayer and adoration were central; they sustained her as she established the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States in 1818 to teach Native American and French children.

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