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UIW Tricentennial Invitation for Students

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How can the Tricentennial of San Antonio be your celebration?


Before the Spaniards spoke the name “San Antonio” for the beautiful wooded area by the glistening water in 1718, the oaks near the headwaters of Yanaguana, the river, were growing. Today we sit in their shade. Even a century or two before the Spaniards came, these roots had been growing.

We are also strengthened by the roots of compassionate care for the sick, the orphans, and the uneducated which started in 1869 when the first three Incarnate Word Sisters came to San Antonio. We continue with care for creation and continue developing innovative and compassionate service in light of today’s pressing needs.



Incarnate Word has been a part of San Antonio for almost half of its history and you are a part of Incarnate Word.

How can you be spiritually renewed and strengthened? How can this be time of personal growth and joy for you---like a big birthday!

  1. How would your Department, College, School, and/or Area like to be part of the year of commemoration and celebration?

Have a display on how math was taught in 1718 and in 1869? Have a symposium on how business can further works of compassion? Have 300 days of service to commemorate SA 300 with staff, students, faculty, administrators? Be creative! Be celebrative!

  1. How would your area like to be a part of an educational and festival day on the IW campus April 15, 2018? This day has been initiated by the IW Sisters, UIW, and CHRISTUS Health Care, but it is also a part of the Inter-University Series recognizing how important higher education is in our city.

What wonderful things---educational and/or festive---could your area contribute to these general ideas for the Sunday, April 18 day long open house on the IW Campus: 

Mi Casa es Su Casa: Come Celebrate With Us!  10:30 am Eucharist celebrated in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, the Motherhouse Chapel and symbolic center of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.                        

Other festivities will include (but are not limited to):

-tours of the IW Sisters’ Heritage Center, of the historic Brackenridge / Sweet House; of the Headwaters including a visit to the historic “Blue Hole” and the UIW Solar House with information on the importance of sustainability and care of creation

-scholarly presentations on indigenous people around the “Blue Hole” and early education in the 1700’s and 1800’s which fit within the Inter-University series of academic and cultural programs

-CHRISTUS Children’s Mobile Unit – to include free wellness exams and vaccinations                                                                                

-CHRISTUS Mobile Mammography Unit – to include free or insured mammograms                                                                                                  

-an open house with opportunities to see how the University of the Incarnate Word carries forward quality education, fine arts, and how the UIW Ettling Center for Civic Leadership carries forward the legacy of service                                                                                                                                                          

-Art exhibits, a musical concert, a theatre matinee, a dance performance, a native ritual at the Blue Hole...

-food, arts, music, and fun --- outdoor tents and stages, maybe even visiting spirits of Yanaguana, George and Eleanor Brackenridge, not to mention Mother St. Pierre. . .

Please fill in the on-line form (CLICK HERE) by May 20, 2017, with your area’s general ideas for

  1. How you want to commemorate, celebrate, and/or serve as part of the Tricentennial anytime from January 1 to December 31, 2018?  
  2. How you would like to be a part of the Open House April 15, 2018?                                                                                                                                    

Read about the city observance remembering that we are all a part of the year long party

Our events will be publicized as part of the SA300 History and Education Area.