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
For the Feast of St. Philippine Duchesne, we are invited to pray with "A Lord’s Prayer for Justice" by Ronald Rolheiser. "With Saint Philippine, who was transformed by all the events and difficulties she had to live through, we are praying for the transformation of hearts, beginning with our own heart."
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Ana María Uribe RSCJ (COL) has prepared these reflections for the Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne on November 18.
This reflective poem/prayer on Philippine and her legacy was created by the USC Province during the COVID -19 pandemic, and was a part of a larger reflection series that invites us to approach Philippine’s feast day with humility.
Magdalena Cruz, a Sacred Heart alumna who lives in Spain but hails from Peru, writes about how Philippine has inspired her.
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.