Incarnate Word Tricentennial Celebrations

by May 20, 2017Blog, What we do0 comments


How can the Tricentennial of San Antonio be our celebration?

Before the Spaniards spoke the name “San Antonio” for the beautiful wooded area by the glistening water in 1718, the oaks near the headwaters of Yanaguana, the river, were growing. Today we sit in their shade. Even a century or two before the Spaniards came, these roots had been growing.

We are also strengthened by the roots of compassionate care for the sick, the orphans, and the uneducated which started in 1869 when the first three Incarnate Word Sisters came to San Antonio. We continue with care for creation and continue developing innovative and compassionate service in light of today’s pressing needs. Incarnate Word has been a part of San Antonio for almost half of its history and you are a part of Incarnate Word.

We have a “BIG BIRTHDAY” coming up! How can this be time of joy and growth for us? How can we be spiritually renewed and strengthened?

How would your student organization, club, residence hall, team, sorority, fraternity, class, and/or other group like to be part of the year of commemoration and celebration? Have a gathering? Create a mural? Interview people? Learn in the Headwaters? Plant a tree for the next 300 years? Have 300 days of service to commemorate SA 300? Be creative! Be celebrative! Students, please click here ‘

How would your Department, College, School, and/or Area like to be part of the year of commemoration and celebration? Have a display on how math was taught in 1718 and in 1869? Have a symposium on how business can further works of compassion? Have 300 days of service to commemorate SA 300 with staff, students, faculty, administrators? Faculty, administration, and staff, please click here

How would your area like to be a part of a festival and educational day on the IW campus April 15, 2018? This day called “Mi Casa es Su Casa: Come Celebrate With Us!” has been initiated by the IW Sisters, UIW, and CHRISTUS Health Care, but it is also a part of the Inter-University Series recognizing how important higher education is in our city.

What wonderful things—educational and/or festive—could your area contribute to the April 15 day long festival?

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“A Life for God and a Heart for Others,” a mobile exhibit, shown in different places each month of 2018, on the history of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word including the University of the Incarnate Word and CHRISTUS Health Care System. The exhibit is created by Sister Mary Henry, CCVI, Director of the Incarnate Word Sisters Heritage Center.

An Historical Tour Remembering Incarnate Word Sisters History and San Antonio Historyincluding San Fernando Cathedral and Mission Concepción and Mission Espada, March 24, 2018, and repeated October 6, 2018

“Mi Casa es Su Casa: Come Celebrate With Us!” Sunday, April 15, 2018, an open house on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word with both educational and festive events and exhibits. This includes a symposium, a part of the San Antonio 300 university series, with anthropologist Dr. Steve Tomka and historian Dr. Gerald Poyo. They will focus on early peoples near the Headwaters of the San Antonio River and early education in the area.

“Photo Septiembre” Exhibits

Simultaneous displays on Incarnate Word history created by historian Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa for the month of September. The one in the UIW Semmes Art Gallery will focus on education and the one at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio will focus on health care in the development of the city.

Read about the city observance remembering that we are all a part of the year long celebration and community service initiative

Originally published in UIW Tricentennial celebration page.


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