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The Mission Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Mission Effectiveness Office, is a collaborative vehicle for development of lay leaders who will carry forward into the future the faith-based educational Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word.

The Institute provides various activities designed to promote faculty and staff appreciation of the Christian academic vocation, to deepen their exploration of the relationship between faith and higher learning, to immerse them in the heritage of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and to enable them to nurture, sustain and pass the Mission and Catholic identity of the University to students and new members of our University community.

Some of the activities of the Institute are:

  • Mission Leadership Retreats
  • Community Wellness Retreats
  • Board of Trustees Retreats
  • Lecture, workshop opportunities
  • Incarnate Word Fellowships
  • Immersion experiences in UIW heritage
  • Grant writing to fund Mission Initiatives


Mission Journey Retreat Series

In Part I: Call and Mission: Then and Now, participants follow the mission journey of early Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, learning about their foundation and ministries.  The visit places where the CCVI’s lived and worked, and “get a glimpse of their passion for bringing the love of God made visible in Jesus to all those they met.”

Part II: An Experience in Culture, Identity, and Diversity focuses on how values, beliefs and views of self and others shape our view of the world and indicates how together as associates in CCVI sponsored ministries we are able to shape a new world view.

Part III: Foundations of Peace invites participants to envision how we might create a culture of peace and justice in the world.

Heritage Pilgrimages

The Office of Mission Effectiveness in collaboration with the CCVI department of Spirituality in Ministry-a new joint ministry of the San Antonio and Houston CCVI's-offers a Heritage Pilgrimage to Houston-Galveston. Participants are housed at Villa de Matel, attend a workshop on the UIW Mission in the 21 st century, and tour and spend time in prayer at the founding sites in Galveston.


The Office of Mission Effectiveness sponsors and collaborates on several conferences during the year. These include the Distinguished Speaker Series on Incarnate Word Day, the annual Conference on Ethical, Moral and Social Implications of Genomic Technologies, and the Spirit and Life Series sponsored by the Spirituality in Ministry office.


The UIW Strategic Plan calls for fellowships to be offered to faculty who are willing to research how mission is integrated into the curriculum, to revise courses to include the intellectual and social traditions of the Church, and to research our heritage of incarnational spirituality.

Mini Grants


The Mission Leadership Mini-Grants Program is designed to encourage faculty and staff to undertake projects which promote the Mission values of the University.


Faculty, administrators and staff members are eligible to submit a proposal with details of how a particular activity contributes to the UIW Mission.


The Mission Leadership Institute awards five annual mini grants valued from $50-$100. There is no deadline and proposals are reviewed as they are received. Notice of the award will be given within one month after receipt of proposal. When the project is complete, the Director of the project is required to file a report about its outcome (including receipts for expenses) with the Mission Office.

Grant Application Process


The Mission Leadership Institute will fund proposals that emphasize the following themes:

  • Social justice and ethical issues
  • UIW Mission in a global setting
  • Incarnational spirituality
  • Faith and culture


A Mission Committee sub-group reviews proposals according to the criteria listed below. Projects must

  • Demonstrate initiative and creativity in articulating a Mission value.
  • Promote understanding of Mission in relation to a particular major.
  • Include substantive involvement of students in the activity.

Download and Print Application - pdf format.

Mission Journey Advisory Board

At each of the "Community in Faith and in Truth" segments of the Mission Journey Retreats, the participants were invited to suggest ways to improve the sense of community at UIW. Subsequently, an Advisory Board was elected to carry out some of these ideas.

To date, the Board has organized several "Meet and Greet" activities. Their purpose is to offer an opportunity for our community to discover the location of UIW office areas and to highlight their personnel. The first areas targeted were the offices not routinely visited by the general employee population. The individual offices can choose the date and decide how they will receive visitors for the brief period planned, what refreshments to serve, and what "giveaways" would be meaningful reminders of the encounter.

"Share the Word" Brown Bag Tuesdays responded to an articulated need to get together occasionally for prayer or reflection. These monthly gatherings in Dubuis Lounge include a presenter, discussion about a particular topic and prayer. Look for bulletins announcing the speakers and times.

Core Values