On September 18th, our Congregation celebrated the opening and blessing of the CCVI Heritage Center in San Antonio, Texas. Mass and blessing was presided by Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio.
Sister Teresa Maya, Congregational Leader offered a warm welcome to Archbishop Gustavo, the Sisters, Associates, Collaborators, staff and all visitors present.
Praised be the Incarnate Word!
Most. Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio, Presider
On behalf of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, welcome to this day of celebration and promise.
We are grateful to our Sisters, Associates, Ministry Collaborators, friends, benefactors, board members… and to our dear friend Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller for being here with us today.
How do you tell the story of the future?
This is why we are here… To ensure that the story of mission, courage and following of Jesus Christ will be told into the future by many generations to come.
With this Eucharist we give thanks for our Heritage Center which honors those that came before us only so their story can inspire the service, courage and commitment to the Mission of the Reign of God into the future.
Wall photo from Heritage Center’s exhibit
Our Heritage Center belongs to all of you: a Sacred Space to discover your own call and mission inspired in ordinary men and women who have made a difference because they believed we can be so much more!
Please join me today in thanking all those whose vision and hard work made this day possible, I am especially mindful of Sister Helena Monahan, Sister Walter Maher and Sister Yolanda Tarango whose dream is finally a reality today. But a special thanks is owed to Sister Mary Henry for her determination, creativity and love of our story.
And there are many, many, names I should mention- staff, sister collaborators, designers, architects, consultants, friends, and even the curious folk who offered an opinion! May God bless you all.
With joyful hope for a story that will be told into the future, let us begin our celebration.
Archbishop Gustavo blesses the Heritage Center and enjoys a guided tour of the various areas featuring the C.C.V.I. Congregation.
Spirituality and Charism…
Sacred art work at the Heritage Center
Sacred Artwork taken from the Altar of Incarnate Word Provincial House, Chapel, Normandie, St. Louis MO.
The early days…
During the early days at Incarnate Word College, Sisters and students enjoyed boating on the San Antonio River which flowed from the Blue Hole at Headwaters.
Dear Sister Mary of Jesus, known for her travels through the prairies of Texas to beg for her orphans– a legend in the history of the C.C.V.I.
Sisters Rita, Carmen and Mary Emma enjoyed cooking treats for the Sisters. Sister Emma devoted her entire life to cooking for the Dunmore Community. She is fondly remembered by all “her Candidates”
Samples of furniture and travel equipment used by the early Sisters.
Reaching out to the whole world with the WORD…
To Mexico: Saltillo, Coah., Mexico in 1886
…and To Chimbote, Peru in 1964
Vatican II calls for changes in religious congregations…
‘Change of Habit’ was the first change realized; this was followed by revision and approval of the Constitutions and Directory.
Ministries of the Congregation
Spreading the Good News of the INCARNATE WORD around the world! From French Bishop Dubuis, Founder, with Mothers Madeleine and Pierre to USA, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Peru and Zambia; additionally, CHRISTUS Health operates medical services in Chile, Columbia and Mexico.
Bringing the Incarnate Word to the most remote places…
Healthcare, Education, Social Services…
Archbishop and Sister Marichui have fun looking for his CCVI Aunt Sor Madeleine Siller.
Many changes have been realized in the C.C.V.I. Healthcare System since its foundation as Santa Rosa Infirmary, 1869.
The entrance to the exhibit, “A Life for God and a Heart for Others” is a mosaic of “open hands” made up of photographs of every Sister who has been a member of the Congregation, “Answering the Call.”
“Reach Out Africa” w/ Zambia Mission & Sister Dot Ettling & WGC
Sister Musicians like Sisters Maria Goretti, Adelaide and others, left a wealth of music appreciation in the Congregation.