Janet Erskine Stuart

Janet Erskine Stuart

Janet Erskine Stuart

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Janet Erskine Stuart, also known as Mother Janet Stuart, (11 November 1857, Cottesmore, Rutland, England – 21 October 1914, Roehampton, England) was a Roman Catholic nun and educationalist.

Her father, The Rev the Hon Andrew Godfrey Stuart, a son of Earl Castle Stewart, was the Rector of Cottesmore and she was the youngest of his thirteenth children. Her mother, his second wife, was Mary Penelope Noel, a relative of the Earl of Gainsborough.

She converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of 22 and in 1882, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton.

Stuart believed that each parent had the right to ask the teachers: "What have you done with my child, for my child? Show me the trace of your influence on her mind, heart, character, and conduct". She also believed, "it is not so much what we say or do that educates; what really educates is who we are". Sister (later Mother) Janet Stuart insisted that educators must "bring up children for the future, not for the present".


Her writings included The Education of Catholic Girls (1912), The Society of the Sacred Heart (1914), and Highways and By-ways in the Spiritual Life.

Superior General

In August 1911, she was elected the fifth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart.


Mother Janet Stuart held this office for three years until her death, aged 56, from undisclosed causes.


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