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Donate to the Shrine

Were you aware that there are more than 10,000 canonized saints worldwide? Moreover, only 11 of these saints lived in the United States. One of these 11 saints resided and served in the St. Louis region.


St. Philippine Duchesne arrived in the St. Louis area in 1818 and established the first free school for young girls west of the Mississippi. Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to opening schools in and around St. Louis and farther afield.


The Shrine convent where Mother Duchesne lived has been preserved to reflect her life. Visitors are welcome to explore and witness her living environment. Bishop DuBourg generously donated the land on which the Shrine was constructed and frequently visited, leaving behind gifts and souvenirs, including the bone of St. Valentine, which remains in the church. Father De Smet, who was ordained at the Shrine, was another regular visitor.


The Shrine relies solely on donations to cover expenses and conduct necessary maintenance to uphold Mother Duchesne's legacy. Your support is greatly appreciated in ensuring the continuity of the Shrine's operations.

Checks can be mailed to:

The Friends of Old St. Ferdinand Shrine

1 Rue St. Francois St.

Florissant, MO 63031

VENMO: @Shrine1819

staircase in the convent
exterior shot of church at sunset
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