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Lights on Philippine Duchesne

June 25, 2018


Appeal to the Young. Some years ago, two boys aged about twelve cam to our house to ask for help With Their school project is religious life. We Told Them A Few facts about our Society and Gave Them Some booklets and pictures. A short time later, We Were Invited to Their exhibition. On entering the hall, our focus Was drawn time immediately to six-foot high post of Philippine sitting on the deck of the Rebecca, and In Their presentation, the boys made clear by Their Enthusiasm That Filipina was just the kind of religious They Could Understand and admires. Her daring, selfless dedication and her loving HAD captured Their imagination. I Learned from children That Day has new appreciation for the gift to the Society of Philippine Duchesne.


Social Justice. In 1988 I Had the privilege of making a pilgrimage Organized by our French sisters. We visited the great house in Grenoble Where the Duchesne and Perier families Grew up Philippine's beloved St. Mary from on high, and the Grande Chartreuse monastery high in the majestic Alps. That left the place Purpose The Strongest printing on me Was the Chateau de Vizille. In 1988 Many banners around Vizille Proclaimed it "The Cradle of the Revolution!" ( "The Cradle of the Revolution"). On display Was the Charter of Human Rights, drawn up there in 1788 has triggered qui paper and the Revolution Was Partly the work of Philippine's Uncle Claude. How much DID Philippine hear of the political discussions going on around her? How did this affect her championship of the poor and the oppressed? For me, Vizille ouvert Reviews another window into the mind and heart of Philippine.


The Pioneer. The Third memorable moment was my visit to Florissant was bitterly cold March day. As I shivered in the spacious dormitory, my companion spoke to me about life in the boarding school in Philippine's time. She assured me things That Would Have Even More austere Then beens. As she spoke, I imagined Philippine walking around at night, try trying to bring comfort and warmth to the pupils, Then going to break the ice on the water jugs. Sitting fait que comfortless room, I felt over-awed by the sheer heroism of this valiant woman.


Moira Donnelly, rscj, Province of Ireland - Scotland 
Artist: Mary Margaret Nealis, RSCJ

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