The history of the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine:
One of the oldest cities in Missouri, the village was called “Fleurissant” by its early French settlers. It was laid out like a typical French village, with its commons and common fields.
The first church, built of logs, was destroyed by fire in 1836, and a new brick structure replaced it, with the cornerstone being a gift from Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne. Born in France, she went on to become one of Missouri’s foremost pioneer women. She was canonized on July 3rd, 1988.
Her shrine is nearby, in Saint Charles, Mo.
About the Shrine today:
Old St. Ferdinand Shrine and Historical Site is owned, preserved, maintained, and protected by Friends of Old St. Ferdinand, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1959. It is available for weddings and other events…just email or visit their website.
First Friday Mass and Confessions are held here from September through May.
A book store is located on the second floor of the Schoolhouse next to the Shrine. Here you will also find our extensive collections of Nun Dolls. They have all types of books: fiction, non-fiction, religious, children’s books of all types, science, gardening, holiday books, cooking, health books, and many more.
There is also a gift shop with many reasonably priced items are available and there is no sales tax on purchases.
The Shrine Gift Shop also has beautiful statues of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. The statue shows Mother Duchesne with a young French-American girl and stands on an oak leaf base.
Traveling to Old St. Ferdinand Shrine:
Address: 1 Rue St. Francois, Florissant, MO 63031
Tel: +1 (314) 837-2110
Click here for the official website of Old St. Ferdinand Shrine