Loving oneself enables one to love others. Is there someone in your life who needs an outstretched hand today? Do you have the time to offer this support?
Forty years on and our world is still pleading with us to address the urgent needs of today. – What are the urgent needs of 2017? – Are they different to those of 1967? – How can we respond to these needs; individually and as one body?
This is a well-loved saying of Janet Erskine Stuart’s. In our rapidly changing times, to excite intellectual curiosity and to impart the skill of critical thinking, rather than simply teaching content, is even more important than in Janet’s time. For each one of us our education and formation are ongoing journeys. They help us to become more fully human. – do you nurture a seriousness about your own growth? – how might we value broad and holistic approaches in a highly specialized world? – in what ways can our educational efforts contribute towards integral human development?
At the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary conference hosted by the England & Wales Province, our own Sr Rita Carroll RSCJ spoke about Janet and her brother Richard. Find out about Richard Stuart’s Australian connection by watching the video below. Check out the England & Wales Province’s You Tube channel for more of their videos.
Donna Collins RSCJ has made a beautiful collection of quotes from Janet Erskine Stuart. They are available in a gallery on the international website of the Society of the Sacred Heart here.
The Province Retreat will run from the evening of Friday 12 September to lunch on Sunday 14 September. It will be a silent, guided retreat led by Lynette Toohey RSCJ and retreatants will have the opportunity to meet with a Spiritual Director. RSCJ, people involved in the schools and other ministries of the Province, alumnae, and anyone interested in Sacred Heart spirituality is welcome to participate. Download the program and registration form Retreat Registration Form. Register by 3 July More information: Sandie Cornish, Province Director of Mission firstname.lastname@example.org
The late Mary Brennan RSCJ’s deep respect for intellectual values was evident in her scholarship and service. In this article, written in 1994, Mary draws on the insights of Janet Erskine Stuart, Bernard Lonergan and Howard Gardner to reflect on our Sacred Heart commitment to a deep respect for intellectual values.
As part of the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary, the England and Wales Province is publishing a monthly reflection from Mother Stuart. Find out more about the celebrations here.
Janet Erskine Stuart was an English RSCJ. She was a renowned educator and exercised a significant influence on the Society of the Sacred Heart during her brief period as Superior General. The website of the RSCJ in England and Wales devotes a section to Janet. It provides a brief biography and many other resources including those celebrating her centenary in 2014 and monthly quotes for reflection.