St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne

St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne

Feast Day—Nov. 18, 2020

Co-Patron of Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

WELCOME to the Diocesan Web page dedicated to
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.

‘MISSION TO THE NEW WORLD’—Icon by Patricia Reid, RSCJ, featuring St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.




NewWorldStRosePhilippineSt. Rose Philippine Duchesne was a woman who left family, homeland, and familiarity to come to the New World (United States) because she loved God and wanted more sou

ls to know the great love God has for them.  She was born in 1769 in the ancient beautiful city of Grenoble, France.  She came to the United States in 1818 with the hope of serving among the native people.  However, God had other plans for her.  St. Rose Philippine established free schools and started convents for her religious community (Society of Sacred Heart).

Finally, at 72 years old, she got her life-long wish.  She came to live among the native people.  Due to her advanced age and inability to learn the language (foreign languages were never her gift), St. Rose Philippine spent much of her time praying, gaining the name “Woman Who Prays Always.”

This diocesan Webpage is dedicated to increasing awareness of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne’s life so that, following her footsteps, each of us can grow close to our Lord.

DISCOVER St. Rose Philippine Duchesne by watching “A minute with St. Rose Philippine Duchesne” video series done by Bishop Edward Rice and and other guests. Release dates of the 10-part video series may be found here, or get to know her in this inspirational pamphlet.

Note:  Permission for digital use is given by the Society of Sacred Heart.  For print permission, please contact Sr. Janine Tran, CMR, at

Video release schedule, and a little history here.

The Mirror Special Section on St. Rose Philippine Duchesne may be found here.

The Life and Times of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne as presented by Msgr. Michael Witt and Teresa Holman (Courtesy of Covenant Radio; Episode #32 of Saint Louis: The Story of Catholic Evangelization of America’s Heartland Volume One: From Canoe to Cathedral).  here



ADORE Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during the Novena of Holy Hours that will be Livestreamed by different parishes and schools throughout the diocese.

Livestream link will be available Nov. 9, 2020.





ATTEND Holy Mass on the actual Feast Day at your parish OR join Bishop Rice for the Livestream Mass commemorating St. Rose Philippine Duchesne at 11 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 15, at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Madrid, MO. He will also celebrate a Livestream Mass on the Feast day for St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: Wed., Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m., from St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield.

Feast Day Mass of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne:  11/18/2020

Bishop Rice celebrated the Feast Day Mass in St. Agnes Cathedral with diocesan staff and the parish community.  During the liturgy, he emphasized St. Rose Philippine’s zeal of bringing souls to Christ and the need to imitate her example as a way of renewing our diocese in holiness.  The new Parish Pastoral Council Norms were also promulgated and signed, which Jan Smith, our Chancellor, witnessed.

Video of the Mass may be found here.





CELEBRATE the Feast Day with your own parish, school, and PSR programs with prayers and study.

Note:  Permission for lesson plans was given by Mr. Fritz Long (Principal) of Duchesne High School, St. Louis, MO.