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Monday, July 17, 2017

St. Philippine Duchesne

We have begun our bicentennial celebration for the coming to America in 1818 of the Society of the Sacred Heart.  The first free school west of the Mississippi was opened by Philippine in St. Charles, Missouri. Then it also became a boarding school and I attended as a weekly boarder from 1944-1948 and loved it. Philippine's spirit is still alive there.
One of the newest "works" we seem to be developing (maybe these are part of the setting sail and seeking new frontiers) are the houses we have opened to welcome young people. We now have one not only in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Berkeley, California, but also in Boston, Washington, DC, and, as of this month, the Rebecca House in White Plains, New York. A house is also opening in Ottawa, Canada. These houses are committed to welcoming young adults and/or students seeking an experience of community, reflection, and social action. I suspect the emphasis differs from house to house but I am thrilled that the Society has established so quickly six houses of welcome. Some have more room to allow for a live-in experience but all are there for young adults to come.

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