Happy Feast Day
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Feast Day: November 18
Patronage: perseverance amid adversity, Dioceses of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO.
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was born in France and lived through the French Revolution. In 1804 Rose befriended St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and entered the Society of the Sacred Heart. She dreamed of serving the Native Americans and at age 49 she and four sisters were sent as missionaries to the Louisiana Territory to establish the Society’s presence in America. With Divine grace, courage, an iron will and a lot of faith she started free schools for girls and Native Americans in Missouri and Kansas. The Native Americans called her “Woman Who Prays Always.” St. Rose is the first canonized female saint west of the Mississippi.


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