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Rose Philippine Duchesne

Although Philippine had longed to go to the

Native Anericans,she spent only one year of her life in Sugar Creek among the Potawotame. Here, her health and her age kept her from taking an very active part in the mission. but she stayed all morning in the church and after dinner went back for three or four more hours of prayer. Although she  never learnt their language, the Potawatame appreciated and loved her.They came near to her to touch her dress,  and called her' the woman who prays always.'

Oral tradition!

When the Potawotame Indians were marched south to Missouri, a journey they called 'the death march' a little girl called Teresa came south with her parents. Both her parents died on the march. Teresa remembered sitting on Mother Rose's knee having her hair brushed. This must have been Philippine. This story has been handed down through the generations of Teresa's family until today.


'This simple austere chapel.....reminds us of her poverty, her humility and her simple love of God. It reminds us that the work she engaged in on behalf of God's poor is still unfinished. If Philippine's life could be a letter to each one of us today ,it would be a letter laden with passion , and it would be about the poor.'

C. Mooney rscj:
Philippine Duchesne a Woman with the Poor