Skip to main content

Steuart, Robert Henry


Jesuit spiritual writer; b. Reigate, Surrey, April 13, 1874; d. London, July 9, 1948. Father Steuart, a Scot, claimed descent from Robert Bruce, who defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314. He was educated with the Benedictines, and was destined for the Navy, but was failed for a trivial physical cause. This was a bitter disappointment; but he eventually found his vocation as a Jesuit. He served as chaplain to the forces in World War I, and wrote a moving account of life in the trenches called March, Kind Comrade. He was superior at Farm Street, London (192635). As a retreat master Steuart clothed the Ignatian Exercises with his own very original thought and expression, and inspired many to move forward on the path to perfection. His teaching was Christocentric, his favorite theme "I live; now not I, but Christ liveth in me." He had dry humor, clear vision, and a keen insight into souls. He was a pioneer in encouraging the formation of modern secular institutes, and anticipated the Church's return to constant invocation of the Holy Spirit. Above all, he is remembered as a master of the life of prayer.

Bibliography: r. h. j. steuart, The Inward Vision (New York 1929); Temples of Eternity (New York 1931); Diversity in Holiness (New York 1937); The Two Voices, ed. c. c. martindale (Westminster, Md. 1952); Spiritual Teaching, ed. k. kendall (Westminster, Md. 1952). k. kendall, Father Steuart: A Study of His Life and Teaching (London 1950).

[k. kendall]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Steuart, Robert Henry." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . 21 Feb. 2019 <>.

"Steuart, Robert Henry." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . (February 21, 2019).

"Steuart, Robert Henry." New Catholic Encyclopedia. . Retrieved February 21, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.