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Celebrating Incarnate Word History During SA300

Posted: February 16, 2018
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On Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., the community is invited to enjoy a free, family-friendly festival on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word and Headwaters at Incarnate Word, the only nature sancturary in the heart of  San Antonio. 

“Mi Casa Es Su Casa,” will feature performances, art, nature, and culture of today along with glimpses of the rich history of the Sisters who have served the City of San Antonio since 1869 and continue to invite all to service today.

The Tricentennial High Education Series begins chronologically with indigenous peoples who have come to the area around the Headwaters of the Yanaguana, the San Antonio River, for over 11,000 years. The American Indians in Texas at the Old Spanish Missions will lead a ceremony at the Blue Hole remembering that on Sunday, April 15.  They will lead all into CHRISTUS Heritage Hall for “Early Peoples, Spaniards, and Early Education” with a welcome from UIW President Dr. Thomas Evans, and information from Steve Tomka, Kristi Nichols, Gerald Poyo, Jesse Borrego, Ramon Vasquez and Gilberto Hinojosa.

CCVI Boat Photo








hoto: Courtesy of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Archives)


See pictures of what the Blue Hole of the San Antonio River was like over a hundred years ago and enjoy the children’s activities and education there provided by the Headwaters. Learn of the trees on the campus that go back before the Spaniards arrived 300 years ago and the Solar House where pointing us to a sustainable future.

Girls of St. Joseph's Orphange








Girls of St. Joseph’s Orphanage, 1888, with Rev. Mother St. Pierre, the Incarnate Word Sisters leader,  in the center, Sister M. Alexis, Sister M. Agatha, Sr. M. Ursula, and Sister M. Andre. (Photo: Courtesy of the  Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Archives)


Attend “Hecho en San Antonio”, the UIW Wind Ensembles special concert with works of San Antonio composers or enjoy music at the outdoor stage near the food trucks with various groups of young performers. Remember while the Sisters were caring for the sick and orphans, they also knew the value of music to nourish the spirit and have always taken time to teach music.   

Santa Rosa Infirmary









See pictures of Santa Rosa Infirmary in the 1800’s, the first hospital in San Antonio, and stop by the CHRISTUS Children’s Hospital Mobile Unit and the mobile Mammography Unit with screening at the festival.

Incarnate Word Drama











Whether drama and dance are shared by youth of St. Anthony Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School, or dance is shared by the UIW Asian Indian dancers, or Turkish Dancers from Harmony Academy, performing arts are a part of Incarnate Word. 

 Danza Guadalupana







The Danza Guadalupana Group (Photo: Mario Macias)


The Incarnate Word Congregation has always developed on both sides of the border.  This festival day is chance to see ten Matachines groups  dancing their prayer at the Grotto and a chance to see some of the works of the acclaimed Mexican art teacher and artist Sister Maria Del Socorro. “The Art of the Sacred Springs Exhibit” continues in the Kelso Art Center, next to the fine Spanish Colonial and Greek and Russian icon exhibit of the Kelso family. 

CCVI Flower Crowned Nun

In Mexico, there is a long tradition of beautiful portraits of nuns crowned with flowers. This comes from the idea of becoming “brides of Christ” when they take their vows.  The Kelso Gallery has two fine examples of these portraits.  

People can also tour the historic George Brackenridge Villa and maybe even meet “Eleanor Brackenridge,” the mother of women’s suffrage in Texas, outside. 

As conversations and conflicts about immigrants go on today, the festival features “Immigrant Stories” a readers theatre play by Sister Germaine Corbin performed by the Extended Run Plays. The festival remember the immigrants who came to be Sisters---Irish, French, German, Mexican, Czechoslovakian, and Polish through exhibits and foods. 

We hope to see you and your family at this wonderful event celebrating the rich mission, culture and community of San Antonio, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and its ministries.

For more information about programs planned by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate during 2018, visit

Below are important links to Incarnate Word events and information

  • A historical tour remembering the Incarnate Word Sisters history and the history of San Antonio is scheduled for October 6, 2018. The tour, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., will begin and end at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word (4503 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209.) The tour is free for those with their own transportation. Participants may purchase or bring their lunch. Please register by writing For more information on the tour, visit CCVI Historical Tour.
  • To find out more about the history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, visit the Heritage Center exhibit next to Chapel of the Incarnate Word. The exhibit is 2,300 square feet, presented through the stories of the hundreds of Incarnate Word Sisters and the lay collaborators who have served side-by-side in our ministries of healthcare, education, and social and pastoral services. For more information, call (210) 828-2224 or visit CCVI Heritage.
  • A Historical Timeline of the Congregation can be viewed at CCVI Timeline.




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