JANET ERSKINE STUART
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".