In 1818, traveling on the Rebecca from France, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne landed near New Orleans and traveled to St. Charles, Missouri, where on September 14, 1818, the Society of the Sacred Heart opened the first Sacred Heart school outside of Europe.
In honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's upcoming feast day on November 18th, Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) is celebrating its annual Crossing Frontiers Day of Giving on November 17th. This day will commemorate her courage to bring the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the United States. This event is a dedicated day when our entire Sacred Heart community will come together in support of Sacred Heart Academy with a gift to the Annual Fund. Every contribution enables us to fulfill our mission and brings SHA closer to our goal of $30,000 and 300 gifts. Thank you in advance for honoring this strong Sacred Heart woman who blazed the way for our young women who will make a difference in the world during their time at SHA Bryn Mawr and beyond.
We are so grateful for the courage and confidence of St. Philippine Duchesne to cross frontiers and spend 34 years in America as a Christ-centered missionary. We are also aware of the role and spiritual mentor and friend St. Madeleine Sophie played in St. Philippine Duchesne's life. What amazing role models we have for our students!
"Do not look back to the past, nor forward to the future. Claim only the present, for it holds God’s will."
– St. Philippine Duchesne