Mass of the Holy Spirit

The entire University of the Incarnate Word community of faculty, students, administrators, and staff celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the Fall Semester. Our purpose is to prayerfully invoke the aide of the Holy Spirit upon our efforts as we begin each new academic year. This tradition has its origins in the great Catholic universities of Europe dating back to medieval times. In this, we recognize the need for divine assistance and confidently call upon the Lord to send us the Spirit of Wisdom to infuse our educational work with the fire of love. “Come, Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth!”

Welcome Mass

UIW welcomes new and returning students to the new school year by inviting students and their families to the first mass of the academic school year at Our Lady's Chapel. 

The Welcome Mass is held the Sunday before the fall semester starts.

Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass occurs the day before the Graduation Commencement Ceremony. The Baccalaureate Mass is for all students. Tickets are not required for admission. The Baccalaureate Mass is held in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center at the University of the Incarnate Word. The Baccalaureate Mass is held alongside both fall and spring graduations.

If you have any questions about the Baccalaureate Mass, please contact Campus Ministry at or (210) 829-3128. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Mass

During the month of September, the UIW community celebrates Hispanic heritage. To begin the celebration, UIW holds a mass in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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