Enjoy two of the Missions which UNESCO has designated World Heritage Sites and San Fernando, the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States.
Reflect in the beautiful Chapel of the Incarnate Word, a contemplative space which has given Sisters strength for mission, and see the Sisters Heritage Center exhibit. See glimpses of some of the tour and story.
Explore San Francisco de la Espada Mission where Incarnate Word Sisters taught.
Visit the San Fernando Cathedral Museum which has the chalice of Bishop Claude M. Dubuis who wrote a letter with an invitation that brought French young women to Texas to care for those in need. “Our Lord Jesus Christ suffering . . . seeks relief at your hands.” Learn of the Sisters orphanage and hospital down the street.
As the number of orphan children increased in the 1800’s, the Sisters built the downtown St. John’s Orphanage. In 1912 a terrible fire broke out. Eighty-nine orphan boys were saved, but three boys were killed. Four Sisters who were searching for the children in the fire were killed.
Seeking a place for the children, the Sisters build St. Peter’s right across from Mission Concepción in 1913. Children from the home, now called St. Peter-St. Joseph’s Home often attend worship in the mission.
Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa, an acclaimed Texas Historian and a leader in the initiative to research and share the history of the Sisters in San Antonio, will share information and insights.
Sister Martha Ann Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word Professor of Religious Studies, will speak on the deep roots of the Incarnate Word Sisters because those can give us strength to grow, flower, and bring forth fruits of service today.
Cecilia Elizondo Herrera, Global Service Coordinator in the UIW Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and a member of the San Antonio Mission Board invites you on this journey through time to open our hears to serve others. See and hear her at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wq05dpyNSI
Sister Martha Ann Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word Professor of Religious Studies and Father David Garcia, Director of the SA Missions, in front of Mission Concepcion.