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Mound City, Kansas: Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne


About St. Rose Philippine Duchesne:

Born in France in 1769 to a wealthy family and given an excellent education, she became a Nun of the Order of the Sacred Heart, and longed to work with the Native Americans of the Colonies. But the French Revolution resulted in the dissolution of most convents and she stayed in France ministering to those in need or in prison.

Finally, in 1818, Mother Duchesne set out from New Orleans with four companions. They sailed up the Mississippi to St. Louis and finally her colony settled at St. Charles, Missouri. There she opened a school, later a convent, and an orphanage.

Despite her desire to work with the native population, her Bishop kept her here until finally, a the age of 72, she was allowed to go Kansas where she started a school for the Potawatomi Indians. While here she earned the nickname from the Indians as “the lady who prays all the time”.

After one year here in Mound City she was sent back to St Charles, Missouri, to the Mother House. But her short time here was fruitful, and you will find a shrine to her memory in

As a result, you will find two shrines to her: One here in Mound City and one in Missouri. The shrine here is located in Sacred Heart Church.


About the Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne in Mound City, Kansas:

The original site of the community has been preserved as a park and shrine in the town. Crosses mark the graves of over 600 Native American Catholics buried here and an altar and cross mark the location of the original church.


Traveling to the Shrine of Saint Philippine Duechesne:

Address: Sacred Heart Church, 727 Main St, Mound City, KS 66056

GPS coordinates: 38° 8′ 31.5744” N, 94° 49′ 3.3996” W

Tel: +1 (913) 795-2724

Cick here for the official website of the Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne in Mound City, Kansas

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