Quakahkanumad (Woman Who Prays Always) was the name Philippine Duchesne was given by the Potawatomi when she lived in Sugar Creek for a short time during her "grandmother" years. It is an honor for a non-indigenous person to be named by an indigenous tribe, and in the remaining ten years of her life after she left Sugar Creek, Philippine continued to live up to her Potawatomi name. In fact, the legacy of Philippine's witness to contemplation continues to be attractive in today's frantically-paced world.
Philippine's "global heart" makes her a particularly inviting model for our 21st century world.
One of the most valuable things that Sacred Heart gives us is a sense of determination. We learn from Sacred Heart that in order to succeed in life and be happy with ourselves, we must keep striving and working towards what we want and with hard work and faith, anything is possible.
When Philippine made her First Communion at age twelve, she had already chosen to give herself totally to God and bring the love of His Heart to the world.
Whispers from Heaven - a poem to Philippine by a Sacred Heart Associate
Like many who are part of the Sacred Heart community, courage and confidence are words I most often associate with Philippine.
Philippine as honored at Saint Louis University
The life of our saint, Philippine, could be told under the title “Broken Dreams.”
What have we learned from her?
For me, Mother Duchesne was a real mother: tender, loving, interested in all that I did each day and ready to help me.