St. Philippine Duchesne to Be Inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame

The newest star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame will honor pioneering educator St. Philippine Duchesne.

Born in 1769 in Grenoble, France, Rose Philippine Duchesne was drawn to a life of religious service. She led five Religious of the Sacred Heart nuns to the St. Louis area in 1818, settling in the then-frontier town of St. Charles, where Duchesne opened the first free school west of the Mississippi. A woman of boundless energy, she also opened convents, schools and orphanages in Florissant and St. Louis. At the age of 72, she travelled to Kansas to help establish a school for the Potawatomi tribe, and her piety inspired the name, “Woman Who Prays Always.” Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988, St. Philippine Duchesne lies enshrined in St. Charles on the campus of the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

An induction ceremony will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23. Accepting the recognition will be Sr. Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, who is head of school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, which is Mother Duchesne’s first school in the New World; and Sr. Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, the provincial of the United States – Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

The ceremony, at 6241 Delmar Blvd., is free and open to the public, and is expected to take approximately 15 minutes. It will be preceded by a performance from a four-piece ragtime band.

There are 150 sets of stars and plaques on the Walk of Fame, honoring great St. Louisans such as: Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Stan Musial, T.S. Eliot, Tina Turner, John Goodman, Bob Costas, Josephine Baker, Yogi Berra, Betty Grable, Jack Buck, Maya Angelou, Lou Brock, Shelley Winters, Charles Lindbergh, Nelly, Vincent Price, Joseph Pulitzer, Grace Bumbry, and Cedric the Entertainer.