Friday, September 3, 2010

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (Aug. 29, 1769 to Nov. 18, 1852)

"Humility is the virtue that requires the greatest amount of effort."
(St. Rose Philippine Duchesne)

I began writing this blog in January 2010 to show that even though a person might lead a very secular life, the saints can still serve to provide guidance at certain points along the way.
I also would like to help Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, reach canonization and become the first Native American saint.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was a missionary to Native Americans. She was born in Grenoble, France on Aug. 29, 1769 and educated by Visitation nuns.
She came to the United States in 1818 to the missions of America along with four other nuns. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne went from New Orleans to St. Louis before settling in St. Charles, Missouri.
She founded the Society of the Sacred Heart with St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and, in the United States, the first houses of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne taught the Pottowatomies in Sugar Creek. They called her Woman-who-prays-always. She also worked in the Rocky Mountain missions and returned to St. Charles.
She helped in the plight of Native Americans to educate them and stop alcohol abuse, and cared for their sick and poor.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne died on Nov. 18, 1852. Canonized: 1988. Her feast day is Nov. 18.

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