October 20 is the Feast of Mater Admirabilis. All Sacred Heart schools display a painting or statue of the Blessed Mother, clad in pink, that was painted in the mid-19th century by a French RSCJ postulant, Pauline Perdrau. Learn more about the story of Mater Admirabilis, long cherished by Sacred Heart communities throughout the world. Mother Most Admirable, pray for us! 

On October 10, 1817, news of the RSCJ’s proposed journey to America reached Sacred Heart convents throughout France. On October 10, 2017, Dr. Susan Dempf, Head of School at the Academy, and Mr. Fritz Long, Principal of Duchesne High School, shared with area educators the first of seven lesson plans about St. Philippine Duchesne that are being created for this bicentennial year. They wrote:

“Take a journey with us as we retrace Philippine Duchesne’s voyage from France to the New World to found the first free school west of the Mississippi River, the Academy of the Sacred Heart. We are celebrating the bicentennial of Sacred Heart education in North America, the bicentennial of Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese, and the bicentennial of education in the City of St. Charles and the State of Missouri.…click here to read more.

What a fun Country Fair weekend! Following Saturday evening’s liturgy in the Shrine and the annual Chili Cook-off, Sunday’s lineup included lots of fun carnival games, pony rides, a giant inflatable, the cake walk, jazzy songs by student performers, sweet little animals to pet, and loads of yummy food. We were lucky and blessed with picture perfect weather for both events.

Thanks to all of our Country Fair guests, volunteers, sponsors and benefactors. Special gratitude to our Country Fair Chairs Mike and Bridget Maroney and Co-Chairs Steven and Cortney Pearce. Last, but not least, thanks to our students who decorated pumpkins and scarecrows and took part in the Apex Fun Run last week. Great job, one and all!

View Country Fair 2017 Photos

View Pumpkins and Scarecrows created by our Students

Interested in learning more about Sacred Heart education at the Academy? Join us for Talk and Tour Tuesdays at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Admissions Director Lisa Tebbe, ltebbe@ash1818.org or 636-946-6127, ext. 1620.