In 1818, she took a little trip...
She had nearly died from disease during the long ocean crossing. Now this petite 49-year-old would barely survive this hazardous river voyage.
But she would recover, settle in the Missouri territory, and would start teaching school out of a log cabin.
It was not exactly a complete success: her teaching style was foreign and her English was terrible.
In the end, however, most people recognized that the children were getting a good education and that the Frenchwoman’s heart was in the right place.
She would establish convents and schools up and down the Mississippi. She also worked to help Native Americans. After 34 years of serving God on the American frontier, she would die at the age of 83 on this very day in 1852 in St. Charles, Missouri.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was canonized by Pope John Paul II on the 3rd of July 1988.
(adapted from an earlier post)