| Old St. Ferdinand Shrine ~ photo taken June 2011|
by Wendy Ann Buckland, AASH Eastern Regional Director 2011-13
October 23, 1819 ~ Philippine Duchesne writes to Madeleine Sophie Barat, "Our new house in Florissant will not be ready until December. That month is already dear to me and full of memories, for it brought me back to Sainte Marie in 1801, and there I met you for the first time in 1804. And now it becomes dearer because it will see the opening of the first house owned by the Society in the New World."
Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne