An Easter Message from UIW President Thomas M. Evans, PhD

March 28, 2024

UIW clocktower and flowering trees

Dear students, faculty and staff, 

During this Holy Week, I have been reflecting on the miracle of Easter and its promise of transformative hope and joy. In this season, Christ calls us to renew our hearts and minds to Him and to live His commandment to love and serve one another.

Transformation is at the heart of our Mission, which guides all that we do. Through it, we are called to provide the kind of education that broadens minds, opens hearts and sets students on a course to become agents of positive change.

I am constantly discovering new ways that our university community is making a difference and reflecting Christ’s love in the world. Whether through service projects, medical mission trips, social entrepreneurship, or countless other endeavors, you are contributing to a more just and better world. This is our call, as expressed beautifully in the UIW prayer.

University of the Incarnate Word Prayer

Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word,
Son of God and Son of Mary,
you are Emmanuel: God-with-us.
We praise and thank you for your life,
your love, your death, and resurrection.
We ask you, please,
send your Holy Spirit
to enlighten our minds with your truth
and to enflame our hearts with love for you
and for all human persons everywhere on earth.
Soften our hearts to the needs of the poor.
Inspire us to use the knowledge we are acquiring here to:
understand better your plan for creation,
bring about justice,
and alleviate human suffering
everywhere on your good earth.
Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church,
pray for us that we may always say
to God's call in our lives.

As we move into the warmer spring season, we also move into the busiest season of the academic year. Remember this prayer throughout the hustle and bustle of these final weeks and allow it to recenter you in our greater purpose to love, support and provide hope to one another. I pray that as we continue our journeys toward our goals that we always find time to say “yes.”

I wish you and your families a very blessed Easter.

Praised be the Incarnate Word!


Thomas M. Evans, PhD