St. Ferdinand Shrine has the rooms and halls where St. Philippine walked. The windows from which she gazed, the rooms where she slept, and where she prayed. This is “the” place to visit if you want to learn about the life efforts of Sr. Rose Philippine Duchesne that were worthy of her being granted sainthood on July 3, 1988.
Here at the Shrine we strive to keep her spirit alive. The Shrine allows you to experience the life of St. Philippine in the United States.
The Convent where St. Philippine lived and from which she conducted the school for girls from the local Indian tribes. Where she ate; Her superior’s office; the dormitory rooms for the school girls as well as the chapel in which she prayed.
St. Philippine’s special prayer room was under the stairs, you will find this room here in its original condition, as if awaiting the Saint’s return to her prayers.
There is no other place where St. Phillippe gave so much of herself and left so much to share almost 200 years later.
Our museum includes the Cope handmade by St. Philippine for Father De Smet, famous for his early mission work among the western Indian tribes.
You will find many other artifacts from the beginning of St. Ferdinand Parish and surrounding village included as part of the museum as well, providing you with the feeling of how life was lived prior to the Louisiana Purchase.
St. Ferdinand Shrine is “the” Church where St. Philippine prayed, taught and lived for many years of her extraordinary life here in the mid-west of America.
In addition to the historical sites and objects of St. Philippine, we also have other amenities – the Book Store which is open on Saturday mornings from 9 am-Noon, a Gift Shop open Monday through Saturday 9 am-Noon, and our Museum.
St. Ferdinand Shrine is available for wedding and funerals, fulfilling part of its’ original purpose in our community. The original schoolhouse may be rented for family gathering or company events.
Experience St. Ferdinand Shrine — rest, walk and pray were St. Philippine did. There is simply no other place where you can feel her and the lives she touched.