Duchesne Academy to Participate in Global Day of Service to Honor Bicentennial Celebration of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Day to Focus on Building Community, Celebrating Sacred Heart International Network, and Providing Visibility for the Mission of Discovering and Revealing God's Love
On Saturday, September 15, 2018, students, families, faculty, staff, alumnae, and board members of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston will join the Sacred Heart community from around the world in a Global Day of Service to mark the 200th anniversary of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne arriving in America from France. Duchesne Academy has organized more than 30 service projects, both on and off campus, to benefit the local Houston community. More than 700 students from all grade levels of the school, as well as members of the school community, are invited to participate.
"We are proud to celebrate the great contributions of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in helping educate countless young children," said Patricia Swenson, Head of School at Duchesne Academy. "Social awareness and building community are two of the goals of a Sacred Heart education, so this Global Day of Service will provide us an opportunity to come together in community, and inspire each other in service to others, all in the in the name of Philippine."
In 1818, Philippine, a pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart, came to St. Charles, Missouri from France and opened the Order's first school in the U.S., which was also the first free school west of the Mississippi. Duchesne Academy, named in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, opened in 1960. Today, there are 24 Sacred Heart schools in North America and more than 180 schools worldwide.
For a full list of planned service opportunities and information on how members of the Duchesne Academy community can register and participate in the Global Day of Service, go to duchesne.org/serviceday.