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Friday, November 16, 2012
What a week full of grace!
It was good to be part of a retreat team again and we had both lunch and dinner together all week. We close today with a prayer service and a social.
I shall put the continuation of the Canadian Society of the Sacred Heart history off until after Thanksgiving as we have St. Philippine's Feast to celebrate this week end.
Philippine Duchesne came to America in 1818 from France and established the first convents of the Sacred Heart in Missouri and in Louisiana and her prayer and holiness attracted many vocations so that there were six schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart established within ten years. It was only in 1841 that Philippine's desire to work among the Indians was fulfilled; by then, she was over seventy but was included in the little band of missionaries that set out for Indian territory to join the Jesuit mission and educate Indian girls.
Philippine is known for her faithful love,courage, fortitude, and generosity and also for her long hours of prayer.