Rose Philippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France in 1769. After preparing for her first communion at the Visitation convent nearby, her desire to give her life to God led her to join the Visitation community, a cloistered, contemplative order, despite her longing to serve God in missionary lands. In the aftermath of the French revolution, her convent was closed by the government. For ten years Philippine served the destitute of Grenoble as she searched for God’s desires for her.
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
As we prepare for the feast of Philippine Duchesne on November 18, these extracts from a letter and conference of Helen McLaughlin rscj (Superior General in the year of Philippine's canonization) invite us to reflect: What is Philippine trying to communicate to us today?
The recent reports from the General Chapter have called our attention to the other passengers who crossed the Atlantic with Philippine in March to May, 1818. Here are some of the things we know about the other four RSCJ and some of the other passengers.
Marie-France Carreel RSCJ & Carolyn Osiek RSCJ (Eds.) (2017). Philippine Duchesne, pionnière à la frontière américaine Œuvres complètes (1769-1852). Turnhout: Brepols.