Shrines and Holy Places
Community of the Lamb
36, S.Boeke Street
Kansas City KS 66101 USA
The Little Sisters of the Lamb, a branch of the Dominican order, was founded in 1980’s by Little Sister Marie in France . The community espouses a life of contemplative prayer and poverty .
The sisters will be building a monastery in Kansas City. The structure in keeping with the nuns charism. "It reflects in its architecture the message of the Gospel," "A simple building to be part of the New Evangelization, to go back to the basics. Each aspect of our life reflects the simplicity and beauty of the Gospel." From there they are planning to spread their community and its charism throughout the United States. The new monastery will be called — Lumen Christi (the Light of Christ)
The basis of their ministry flows from their poverty, which requires them to go out and beg for their daily bread and, in the process, share the Gospel with those they meet.
The sisters are looking for help, but they stress that they want people to give from their hearts, so the widow’s mite is just as important to them as the big donor.
The Beggar’s Offering
Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne
Mound City, Kansas
Saint Philippine Duchesne was born in France in 1769. From early childhood she wanted to help heathen in distant lands and the neglected and poor at home.
She was educated by the Visitation nuns and entered the convent of Ste-Marie-d'en-Haut. During the French Revolution the convent was used as a hospital and she helped the sick and the poor . In 1804, she accepted the offer of Mother Barat to merge her community into the Society of the Sacred Heart.
In 1818 Mother Duchesne set out with four companions New Orleans. They sailed up the Mississippi to St. Louis and finally her colony settled at St. Charles. There she opened a school, later a convent, and an orphanage. At the age of seventy-two she started a school for the Potawatomi Indians in Kansas.
She returned to St. Charles where she died on Nov. 18, 1852.
On May 12, 1940 she was beatified and canonized by Pope John Paul II. on July 3, 1988.
The original site of the community has been preserved as a park and shrine.
Seven crosses mark the graves of over 600 Indian Catholics who lived and are buried at the site.
A massive altar and cross were been erected at the site of the original church. Foundations and remains of the original buildings, which housed the priests and nuns adjoin the memorial.
Nearby, the Mound City Catholic Church features beautiful stained glass windows depicting the life of St. Philippine Duchesne.
Prayer In Honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne:
O God, who lovest souls and hast in all ages chosen apostolic hearts and endowed them with Thy knowledge and Thy love, hear the prayers which we offer through the intercession of Thy servant Blessed Saint Philippine Duchesne. Kindle in us the zeal with which her life was consumed, and grant that after following her example in charity, self-denial and prayer on earth, we may be admitted one day to the same glory in our heavenly country. Through Christ Our Lord...
with Potawatomi Indians