Dear Maureen Elizabeth,
Please join AASH and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools for a video conference kicking off the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, Oct. 21. The conference, originating from Stuart Hall High School in San Francisco, is free and available by clicking the link below.
Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, was born November 11, 1857 in the Anglican Rectory of Cottesmore, Rutland, England. As a child of thirteen, she set out on a solitary search for Truth, having been urged to this venture by a casual remark of one of her brothers that every rational creature must have a last end. The search for this last end took, she said, seven years and brought her to the Catholic Church at the age of twenty-one. In 1882, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton, outside of London, where she was to spend 30 years of her religious life. Named Mistress of Novices soon after her profession, she became Superior in 1894, and 17 years later was elected the sixth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Janet Stuart died a few months after the outbreak of World War I, on October 21, 1914.
From July 2013 through July 2014 the Society of the Sacred Heart and its affiliates celebrate the centenary of the death of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ. The events will recognize her great intellectual and spiritual gifts made manifest in her writings and her leadership.