Duchesne Celebrates Bicentennial Year of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's Journey from France to America
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Duchesne Celebrates Bicentennial Year of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne's Journey from France to America

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart celebrated the Feast of Rose Philippine Duchesne on Friday, November 17 and kicked off the opening of the bicentennial year marking the 200th anniversary of Philippine Duchesne coming to the New World to establish schools in America.

The bicentennial year will be celebrated by the Sacred Heart community worldwide and feature a number of events on the theme of Crossing Frontiers, including Masses, an online year of prayer, a scholarly conference in St. Louis, and a worldwide day of service which poses the question: Who would Philippine serve if she were here today?

Duchesne Academy is one of several institutions in the United States named after the intrepid missionary, Philippine Duchesne, who was canonized by St. Pope John Paul II in 1988. In collaboration with the other 23 Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the U.S. and Canada, Duchesne Academy is honoring Philippine's legacy and spirit throughout the year by hosting a number of activities — some of which will be done in conjunction with our brother school, The Regis School. View a calendar of the planned bicentennial events.

Our students have also been busy honoring the bicentennial of Philippine's journey by working on unique class projects. The fifth grade French classes designed a special life-size mosaic made from 50 individual pieces. Each student used their knowledge of the French language and artistic abilities to create their piece of the mosaic.

In Lower School, Meg Poole's third grade class researched Philippine's journey, then wrote a script and performed a skit reenacting Philippine coming to America. The girls performed the skit for the entire Lower School during assembly!

In the Fine Arts Department, Upper School students drew portraits of Philippine using a variety of mediums including charcoal and acrylic.

Additionally, Duchesne participated in a video project sponsored by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools wherein students from each school read a portion of Philippine's prayer. It is a wonderful statement of unity among our Sacred Heart school community.