The Duchesne Prayer Room was created in 2018 to commemorate the bicentenary of the journey of St Rose Philippine Duchesne to the United States in 1818. The Duchesne Prayer room was created with input from the Society of the Sacred Heart Irish/Scottish Province and United States Province (USC). We wish to thank Eibhlis Connaughton for all her assistance and support. We also would like to especially thank Sr Carolyn Osiek, Director U.S. Province Archives, as well as staff at the Shrine of St Rose Philippine Duchesne. We had the honour of hosting Sr Suzanne Cooke and Sr Ann Taylor (USC Province) in the Duchesne Prayer Room on the occasion of their visit to Mount Anville in March 2019.
The Duchesne Prayer Room provides a quiet space for prayer and contemplation for pupils, teachers and members of the Mount Anville community. Visitors to the space also have the opportunity to learn about Philippine through text and visual displays, quotations, audio, and objects associated with the 'Woman Who Prays Always'. An original modern artwork, specially commissioned for the room, serves as a focal point for meditation.