November 17, 2017

The Last Words of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was a 19th century educator and missionary. Born in Grenoble, France, she would join the Society of the Sacred Heart and travel to America where together with her Order, she ministered to the native population. At a mission school in Saint Charles, Missouri, she spent her final hours. On the verge of her holy death, St. Rose looked toward heaven and joyously proclaimed:
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart, my soul, and my life – oh, yes, my life, generously.
— St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
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Prayer for St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's Intercession

Almighty God, who filled the heart of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne with charity and missionary zeal, and gave her the desire to make you known among all your people, grant us to follow her way and by her intercession, fill us with that same love and zeal to extend your Kingdom to the ends of the earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

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