Catholic Faith Community

Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching, the University of the Incarnate Word and its founding congregation (Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word) welcomes all persons of diverse backgrounds to its faith community.

Our embrace reflects our belief that your respectful interaction as students of different backgrounds advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good.

To learn more about the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, please visit the Sisters' website.


Faith Traditions

  • Retreats
    • Crossroads– Crossroads Retreat draws men and women together to reflect upon what they have brought to UIW, and their hopes for their lives at UIW and beyond.
    • SALVE – Held mid-fall semester, SALVE provides the ideal get-away to help you pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and, together with others, spread His joy to the world.
    • Spiritus – Spiritus is a guided silent retreat designed to provide time away from our busy lives, time to explore how to live simply in a complex world, and spend time listening to the Spirit of God.
  • Welcome Mass – The Welcome Mass is the first Mass of the academic year welcoming students and their families back to campus.
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit – In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, we celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each fall semester confidently calling upon the Lord to send us the Spirit of Wisdom asking for inspiration, guidance and the presence of God’s Spirit in all our endeavors.
  • Heritage Week
    • Heritage Week is a week-long celebration where the University of the Incarnate Word community recalls its heritage and Mission.
  • Día de los Muertos and All Souls Day Mass
    • Día de los Muertos is a day to celebrate and remember those who have passed on. The University holds an All Souls' Day Mass at the Our Lady's Chapel. A memorial altar is set up to honor loved one who have passed on.
  • Alumni Memorial Mass – Celebrated on Sunday of Homecoming Week each fall semester, we gather to remember alumni, family, and friends who have died during the year.
  • Baccalaureate Mass – Celebrated at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Graduates, families, and professors gather to celebrate and thank God for the accomplishments of our graduates.
  • Solemnity of the Annunciation (Incarnate Word Day)
    • This is the Feast of the Annunciation. This is the Feast day for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, The Founders of the University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Pray-a-thon – Celebrated annually as a week-long celebration – Sunday to Sunday – in conjunction with the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, otherwise known as Incarnate Word Day.
  • TAIZÉ Contemplative Prayer
    • Taizé prayer services are held twice annually at UIW for anyone who wishes to participate.
  • Weekday and Sunday Masses


Interfaith Prayer Room

Student Engagement Center (SEC), Room 3140

Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room is available in room 3140 of the Student Engagement Center. This is a space for students, faculty, and/or staff. This space allows individuals and small groups to come together in a quiet space for prayer, mediation, and/or reflection throughout the day.
For more information, contact Right Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander, Protestant Chaplain at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Chapel of the Incarnate Word

Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Second Sundays and other special occasions as announced.

St. Joseph's Chapel

Second Floor, The Village at Incarnate Word

Daily Mass at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

Our Lady's Chapel

First Floor, Administration Building

Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. (year-round, unless noted otherwise)
Weekday Mass at noon, Monday - Thursday
(Note: No daily Mass when the university is officially closed.)