Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ was recognized and honored with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame at an induction ceremony held on June 23, 2017 at the Walk of Fame in The Delmar Loop. This was a special year celebrating the 200 Year anniversary of when St. Philippine Duchesne arrived in the New World. Accepting the award was Sister Maureen Glavin, RSCJ (Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, (which is Mother Duchesne’s first school in the new world) and Sister Sheila Hammond, RSCJ (Provincial of the United States-Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart). The star and bronze plaque were unveiled to the cheers of approximately 200 RSCJ Sacred Heart alumni, families and friends. Mr. Joe Edwards, founder of the Walk of Fame, read the inscription on the plaque, followed by remarks by Sr. Hammond and Sr. Glavin. Bill Herbert’s ragtime quintet provided joyous tunes preceding the event.
St. Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ was born on August 29, 1769, in Grenoble, France. Rose Philippine Duchesne was drawn to a life of religious service. She led five Religious of the Sacred Heart nuns to the St. Louis area in 1818, settling in the then frontier town of St. Charles, where Duchesne opened the first free school west of the Mississippi. A woman of boundless energy, she also opened convents, schools, and orphanages in Florissant and St. Louis. At The age of 72, she traveled to Kansas to help establish a school for the Potawatomi tribe, and her piety inspired the name “Woman Who Prays Always”. Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988, St. Philippine Duchesne lies enshrined in St. Charles on the campus of the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
The St. Louis Walk of Fame is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide a showcase for the cultural heritage of St. Louis and to advance the knowledge, awareness and appreciation of creative St. Louisans and their achievements and contributions. It is presented with the support of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. There are 150 sets of stars and plaques set in the sidewalks of The Loop, it is open 24 hours a day and is free to the public. It is located at 6504 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, MO 63130 and St. Philippine Duchesne’s star is at 6241 Delmar in The Loop. Great St. Louisans honored include Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Stan Musial, T.S. Eliot, Tina Turner, John Goodman, Bob Costas, Josephine Baker, Yogi Berra, Betty Grable, Jack Buck, Maya Angelou, Lou Brock, Shelley Winters, Charles Lindbergh, Nelly, Vincent Price, Joseph Pulitzer, Grace Bumbry, Cedric the Entertainer and now St. Philippine Duchesne.
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