Feast of Jeanne de Matel September 11
Incarnate Word Sisters consider Jeanne de Matel as our “spiritual foundress.”
Jeanne Chézard de Matel (6 November 1596 – 1670) was a French mystic who founded the Order of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.
It was from her monastery in Lyon, France that our first Sisters came to San Antonio in 1869. Sisters Madeleine, Pierre, and Agnes had first traveled to Galveston, to join other Sisters who had gone there in 1866 at the behest of Bishop Claude Dubuis, to nurse victims of a yellow fever epidemic. In 1869, San Antonio was in the grip of another epidemic (cholera) and these three Sisters came for San Antonians, opening Santa Rosa Infirmary, and establishing a new apostolic foundation, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
With them, they brought Jeanne’s spirituality. The foundation of our lives, our spirituality, and our ministry is the mystery of the Incarnation: that God in the person of Jesus Christ became human and lives among us. We move and act with awareness that God, by uniting God’s Self with all of creation through the person of Jesus, has made all creation sacred and holy.
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