Catholic Schools Offered Education on the Missouri Frontier

Catholic Schools Week is a fitting time to recall the rich history of how Catholic schools have provided education to children even before Missouri was admitted into the federal union.

Rose Philippine Duchesne established the first free school west of Mississippi in a log cabin in what is now St. Charles, Missouri to serve the daughters of frontier families. However, she had a burning desire to serve the Indians and at age 71 she finally got her wish. She was assigned to minister to the Potawatomi who affectionately called her “Woman Who Prays Always.” A statute of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne can be found in the third floor rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol.

Posted: January 10, 2014

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