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About the Book
Intrepid Irish missionary in a French religious order, Anna Xavier Murphy lived and died heroically in frontier Louisiana, to bring the love of God to a land eager to receive it.
Young Irish born Anna Murphy entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in Paris with the express purpose of following missionary Rose Philippine Duchesne to frontier America, in imitation of her adopted patron, St. Francis Xavier. She got her wish in 1822 and for eleven years heroically guided the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, through a period of amazing growth. In spite of the continual setbacks of illness and early deaths of her young sisters due to frontier conditions, she carried on until her own premature death in 1836. Beloved by her students and servants alike, she left behind a legacy of care and courage.