Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Profit by the little trials that come to you, for through them we make real progress. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ
Rose Philippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France. She was the daughter of Pierre-Francois Duchesne, an eminent lawyer, and her mother was a Perier, ancestor of Casimir-Perier, President of France. When she was 19 years old, she joined the convent of the Visitation, which her family did not know. She was educated by the Visitation nuns, entered that order, saw its dispersion during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, vainly attempted the reestablishment of the convent of Ste-Marie-d'en-Haut, near Grenoble, and finally, in 1804, accepted the offer of Mother Barat to receive her community into the Society of the Sacred Heart.
In 1818, Rose Philippine Duchesne headed out to America with four other members of the Society to found the first house of the Sacred Heart ever built outside of France. She traveled the Louisiana territory and ended up in St. Charles, Missouri. She created a new house of the Sacred Heart Society in a log cabin. This newfound house faced many struggles including lack of funds and very cold weather. She and four other members of her Society continued to create schools in America. By the year 1828, six houses had been added in America.
Years later, a school in Kansas was founded for the Potawatomi tribe children. At this new house, Rose Philippine Duchesne spent much of her time taking care of sick Native Americans. The Native Americans named her Quahkahkanumad, which stood for "Woman Who Prays Always." She died in 1852 at the age of 83.
She was canonized on July 3, 1988, by Pope John Paul II.