Carved Statue of St. Philippine Duchesne

A wooden statue of St. Philippine was recently gifted to the Academy by Rob and Susan Le Clercq of Lake Forest, Ill., “in gratitude for many blessings received from Philippine Duchesne while in their home.” Rob had acquired the carving at an antiques market some years ago; his research uncovered that it was created by liturgical artist Sebastian Buscher. Restored by The Conservation Center in Chicago, the statue has enjoyed a place of honor in the LeClercq home until recently, when Rob and Susan generously decided to share her with a wider Sacred Heart audience. Thanks to the LeClercqs, the Philippine carving now graces the entrance of Cribbin Hall library. 

Read more about the Philippine statue and its restoration.

Wood carving by Sebastian Buscher
Rob and Susan LeClercq
Development Director Mary Maher, Margaret Munch, RSCJ, Susan LeClercq