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

We Are Many Faiths … One Faith Community

  • Anglican
  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist
  • Buddhist
  • Catholic
  • Christian
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God
  • Disciples of Christ
  • Eastern Orthodox
  • Episcopal
  • Evangelical
  • First Christian
  • Hindu
  • Islam-Muslim/Moslem
  • Jehovah's Witness
  • Jewish
  • Latter Day Saints/Mormon
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian
  • Protestant
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • Protestant
  • Unitarian

Faith Traditions

  • SALVE Retreat
    Each fall semester, University Mission and Ministry offers a SALVE retreat for UIW students. The weekend is designed to give you an opportunity for inner reflection and welcome you to the UMM community.
  • Dia de los Muertos
    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.
  • Heritage Day
    Heritage Week is a week-long celebration where the University of the Incarnate Word community recalls its heritage and Mission.
  • Incarnate Word Week
    Every March, the University sets aside a week for special celebrations of the Mission.
  • Masses
    UIW hold weekly and special occasion masses at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, St. Joseph's Chapel and Our Lady's Chapel.
  • TAIZÉ TraditionTaizé prayer services are held at UIW for anyone who wishes to participate in Our Lady's Chapel, located on the first floor of the Administration Building.


Interfaith Prayer Room
Administration Building, Room 55
The room is available for use by checking out the key from AD 146.
For more information, contact Right Rev. Dr. Trevor Alexander, Director of Ecumenicial Initiatives at 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 10:30 a.m. (year-round) & 8 p.m. (during the school year)
Weekday Mass at 12 p.m., Monday - Thursday
Spanish Mass at 12 p.m., Friday
(Note: no daily Mass when the University is officially closed)

Sacred Spaces

The Headwaters
The Headwaters at Incarnate Word and the Blue Hole spring preserves, restores and celebrates the rich natural, cultural, historical, spiritual, and educational values of the headwaters of the San Antonio River within the 53-acre Headwaters Sanctuary. While privately owned and managed, it is free and open to the public. Walking trails invite exploration of the sanctuary and connect it to adjacent parks and natural areas. For more information on the Headwaters at Incarnate Word, please visit the Headwaters at Incarnate Word website.

St. Brigid's Oak
St. Brigid's Oak, a live oak tree that is approximately 600 years old, can be found along St. Brigid's Path. It is dedicated to St. Brigid of Kildare (451-525 AD) by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University of the Incarnate Word.

The Grotto
The Lourdes Grotto honors our Lady of Lourdes, and the original grotto in Lourdes, France which is well known for its healing powers.