Bicentennial Celebration 1818 - 2018


Take a journey with us as we retrace Philippine Duchesne's voyage from France to the New World to found the first free school west of the Mississippi River, the Academy of the Sacred Heart. We are celebrating the bicentennial of Sacred Heart education in North America, the bicentennial of Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese and the bicentennial of education in the City of St. Charles and the State of Missouri.

  LESSON 1 - Every Journey is Born from a Dream
(January 14 to May 16, 1817)
  LESSON 2 – Prepping, Packing, Panhandling
(July 15, 1817 to February 8, 1818)
  LESSON 3 – Ocean Travel to the New World 
(February 15 to May 16, 1818)
  LESSON 4 – New Orleans Hospitality
(May 25 to June 26, 1818)
  LESSON 5 – Traveling the Mississippi River
(July 12 to August 21, 1818)
  LESSON 6– Pioneer Philippine Lands in St. Louis
(August 22 to September 1, 1818)
  LESSON 7 – Arrival in Frontier Town, St. Charles
(September 7 to September 20,1818)

September 7, 2018

Reenactment of Philippine Duchesne’s Arrival on the St. Charles Riverfront 

We hope you will join us in retracing the journey of our pioneer saint and witnessing the audacity of a 48 year old woman who left all she knew to bring the Heart of Jesus to the New World without fear or language but with an open heart.  

 For more details about the reenactment click here.

Dr. Susan Dempf
Head of School, Academy of the Sacred Heart

 Mr. Fritz Long
Principal, Duchesne High School