|Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ|
If you have spent the last two weeks intently watching the summer Olympics being hosted in London and have a Sacred Heart education you might be thinking of one of the most admired and loved RSCJ educators of the 20th century. Janet Erskine Stuart was born November 11, 1857 in Cottesmore, England the youngest of Reverend Andrew Stuart's thirteen children. She became a convert at age 22 and three years later entered the Society of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton, London.
Mother Stuart rose through the ranks and became the sixth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1911. Her tenure was short yet filled with a great deal of writing. Most notably, The Education of Catholic Girls written in 1912.
The following quote by Janet Erskine Stuart sums up how I feel about this past week; "To be a Joy-Bearer and a Joy-Giver says everything; it means that one is faithfully living for God and that nothing else counts; and if one gives joy to others we are doing God's work."
Congratulations to all of the Olympic athletes and most especially to Sacred Heart students Lia Neal and Katie Ledecky. These two young ladies brought their Sacred Heart family and the entire United States much joy as they competed in the 2012 Olympics.