UIW Mission & Ministry

UIW Mission & Ministry

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University Mission and Ministry is excited to announce this year’s “Virtual” UIW Women and Men of Faith Gathering! We hope you can join us!
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The purpose of UIW Mission & Ministry is to make visible and tangible the Incarnate Word of God in the university. University Mission & Ministry (UMM) is an integral part of the University of the Incarnate Word.

Rooted in the Catholic tradition and inspired by the charism and spirituality of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the offices of University Mission & Ministry are committed to cultivating the faith of all UIW students, faculty, and staff. UMM is not simply a club or organization. It is the carrier of the school's spirit and mission across main campus and all satelite campuses in San A

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Timeline Photos 08/26/2021

Once a month we remember our recently departed alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, family, Incarnate Word Sisters, and benefactors of the Incarnate Word family during our Sunday Eucharist in Our Lady's Chapel. Our next Memorial Mass will be held this Sunday, August 29 at 11am. We welcome you to send in the names of any recently departed loved ones or friends that you wish to be remembered. The experience of loss within our university community - especially in the last year - has made these communal remembrances even more necessary and important. Registration links for both Online and In-Person attendance for this liturgy can be found using the link in our bio.

Once a month we remember our recently departed alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, family, Incarnate Word Sisters, and benefactors of the Incarnate Word family during our Sunday Eucharist in Our Lady's Chapel. Our next Memorial Mass will be held this Sunday, August 29 at 11am. We welcome you to send in the names of any recently departed loved ones or friends that you wish to be remembered. The experience of loss within our university community - especially in the last year - has made these communal remembrances even more necessary and important. Registration links for both Online and In-Person attendance for this liturgy can be found using the link in our bio.

08/25/2021

Happy worship Wednesday! Tell us your favorite worship songs in the comments :)
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Feliz miércoles de alabanza! Dinos tus canciones favoritas en los comentarios abajo :)

08/24/2021

Hello Cards! Come visit us tomorrow at the Student Organization Fair to learn about UIW Mission and Ministry at the Westgate Circle from 11 am to 1 pm!

Hope to see you there!

08/24/2021

Calling ALL UIW students, new or returning, don’t forget to sign up for our one day Crossroads Retreat! All undergraduate students are invited to this year's Crossroads Day Retreat, Saturday August 28, 2021 from Noon until 9pm. Join us for a full day of fun, sharing, and prayer. All meals will be provided, and all participants will receive a t-shirt and other goodies - all at no cost. Use the link in our bio, under 'Events' to register!

Calling ALL UIW students, new or returning, don’t forget to sign up for our one day Crossroads Retreat! All undergraduate students are invited to this year's Crossroads Day Retreat, Saturday August 28, 2021 from Noon until 9pm. Join us for a full day of fun, sharing, and prayer. All meals will be provided, and all participants will receive a t-shirt and other goodies - all at no cost. Use the link in our bio, under 'Events' to register!

Timeline Photos 08/23/2021

Welcome back Cardinals! We are so excited to welcome everyone back on campus. The office of Mission and Ministry is praying for a very successful and prosperous year for every individual on campus. We are here and ready to serve the UIW community in whatever way possible ❤️🖤 #uiwcardinals #uiwpride

Welcome back Cardinals! We are so excited to welcome everyone back on campus. The office of Mission and Ministry is praying for a very successful and prosperous year for every individual on campus. We are here and ready to serve the UIW community in whatever way possible ❤️🖤 #uiwcardinals #uiwpride

08/19/2021

Traditionally held the Sunday before classes begin, our Welcome Mass is a beautiful celebration welcoming our newest Cardinals and their loved ones to the University of the Incarnate Word family. This year we extend the invitation to every Cardinal, new or returning, as we return to campus after a long time apart. Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, August 22 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel (Administration Building), as well as live-streamed virtually via Zoom. Use the link in our bio or scan the QR code to register!

Additional seating will be provided in the Diane Bennack Concert Hall where Mass will be live-streamed! Seating is on a first come first serve basis so no registration is required.
(Safety protocols will be in place)

Traditionally held the Sunday before classes begin, our Welcome Mass is a beautiful celebration welcoming our newest Cardinals and their loved ones to the University of the Incarnate Word family. This year we extend the invitation to every Cardinal, new or returning, as we return to campus after a long time apart. Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, August 22 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady's Chapel (Administration Building), as well as live-streamed virtually via Zoom. Use the link in our bio or scan the QR code to register!

Additional seating will be provided in the Diane Bennack Concert Hall where Mass will be live-streamed! Seating is on a first come first serve basis so no registration is required.
(Safety protocols will be in place)

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 08/03/2021

Have you heard these songs?
¿Has escuchado estas canciones?

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/29/2021

We had so much fun meeting some of our incoming freshman yesterday! Welcome to the Nest! 🔴⚫️ #uiwcardinals #classof2025

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/26/2021

What are your favorite worship songs?
¿Cuales son tus canciones favoritas de adoración?

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/19/2021

Have you heard these songs?
¿Has escuchado estas canciones?

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/16/2021

We had so much fun meeting everyone during the orientation fair!

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/13/2021

St. Veronica pray for us!
¡Santa Verónica, ora por nosotros!

07/13/2021

Come join us!

Come join us!

Timeline Photos 07/12/2021

Join us during Orientation!

Join us during Orientation!

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/12/2021

Here are some songs you should add to your playlist this week!

¡Aquí hay unas canciones que deberías agregar a tu playlist esta semana!

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 07/06/2021

Pray for us!
¡Ora por nosotros!

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 06/28/2021

Here are the songs you should check out this week! Have a great day.

¡Aquí están las canciones que deberías escuchar esta semana! Ten un buen día.

06/28/2021

Join us during orientation!

Join us during orientation!

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 06/21/2021

It’s Monday! Here are 3 songs you should listen to this week.

¡Es lunes! Aquí están 3 canciones que deberías escuchar esta semana.

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 06/20/2021

Saint Juliana, Pray for us!
¡Santa Juliana, Ora por nosotros!

Photos from UIW Mission & Ministry's post 06/14/2021

What better way to start the week than by listening to amazing worship songs?🎶

05/26/2021

Reflections for the Solemnity of Pentecost (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)

SPECIAL EDITION...
The Solemnity of Pentecost marks the culmination of the Great Fifty Days of the Easter Season. We praise God for the many gifts of the Holy Spirit — for the blessing of a diversity of ministries, cultures, and gifts that help to build the Body of Christ throughout the world. In some respects, it is so easy to close the chapter from one liturgical season to the next – especially from a festal season like Easter to Ordinary Time. Fifty days and we’re done. Graduations are in full swing for some, classes are winding down for others, and summer is in front of us. We’re certainly ready for some normalcy; even a “new normal.” So, rather than assume a posture of completion, perhaps this Pentecost can be a bridge to something new – a beginning. After all, Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Church, and who doesn’t want to see something more after their birthday?! That being said, these words of wisdom shared at this past Sunday's Mass by our Chaplain, Fr. Tom, seemed most appropriate:

“The Holy Spirit moves through a rich network of human relationships to bring the Church to life. Searching for signs of God’s presence and power in our lives needs go no further than our everyday interactions with one another. But a great deal of focus and discernment is necessary to detect it. We often think of everyday encounters and events as secular and special rituals like worship as sacred. Unfortunately, this misses the point of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. We profess the doctrine that God in Jesus took on human flesh and lived among us. But we often [narrowly limit] it to the lifespan of Jesus of Nazareth, his resurrection appearances, and the real presence in the Eucharist. Outside of salvation history and our sacramental rituals, everything else is secular or profane… Reflecting on the fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) and on the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord) as we find them or not in our daily lives could very well enlighten us as to what we need to pray for. For all of these fruits and gifts can only be experienced in our relationships with others, making all our encounters sacred. If the Holy Spirit is to be found in our lives it will be in them and through them, our encounters with others, that is. ...The sacred permeates everything… As I move on from my Chaplaincy at the University of the Incarnate Word, I want to say that I see now, in retrospect, that I have encountered the Holy Spirit in all of my relationships with our students, faculty, and staff, as well as with the many others I have encountered passing through. I will go to another ministry for the Church on behalf of my religious order, the Trinitarians, and I know I will experience God’s love poured out on me in the Holy Spirit there, as happens everywhere in the Church. That is comforting to know in the face of the unknown in responding to a new mission. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to be in the Church of this local faith community and the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Pray for me as we part, as I will for you.”

Fr. Tom, it has been our privilege, too, to walk with you – especially in this last year when the woundedness of our world has sometimes weighed heavily on our community and within our staff. We’ve stepped into the unknown together … dealt with a pandemic, illness, death, racial violence, political tension, live-streaming, technology, lots of social media, and so many things none of us could have guessed we’d be doing a year earlier. As you have often reminded us, when we become overwhelmed with all that life and the Church seem to be asking of us (including the ever-challenging responsibility of evangelization), this is when we desperately need the assistance of the Spirit-Advocate. We pray that the Spirit lifts you in your new ministry and relationships within the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the St. Mark community in Catonsville, MD. Be assured of our prayers, well-wishes, and support. You will always be a part of our Incarnate Word family – and distance does not come between family! May God bless and protect you in your travels. Praised be the Incarnate Word!

05/23/2021

It is with sadness that we say today was Fr. Tom’s final Sunday mass here at UIW. Fr. Tom will begin a new ministry starting July 1 in the Archdiocese of Baltimore! After 12 years of being a part of our UIW community, he will be moving to Catonsville, Maryland to reside with his Trinitarian community at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. It has been a privilege having you in our community for the past 12 years. You will always have a place in our Incarnate Word family.

It is with sadness that we say today was Fr. Tom’s final Sunday mass here at UIW. Fr. Tom will begin a new ministry starting July 1 in the Archdiocese of Baltimore! After 12 years of being a part of our UIW community, he will be moving to Catonsville, Maryland to reside with his Trinitarian community at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. It has been a privilege having you in our community for the past 12 years. You will always have a place in our Incarnate Word family.

05/18/2021

Reflection for Solemnity of the Ascension (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)

Good morning!

Each Sunday, whether through the Nicene or Apostles Creed, we faithfully and communally profess these words: “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” In short, they state what the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord commemorates – namely, the completion of Jesus’ earthly ministry as he ascended into heaven – body and soul – to re-join God the Father. It is the culmination of the Resurrection and the completion of the Incarnation. Jesus, who came from the Father, now returns to the Father, fulfilling his mission of reconciliation through his death on the cross. And, through his ascension, he carries with him into heaven something of ours – our humanity, saved and glorified.

Christ’s resurrection and ascension are the assurance of our destiny – the place Jesus prepares for us that we may dwell with him forever – beautifully summarized in the Collect of the Mass for the day:

“Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God,
and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,
for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation,
and, where the head has gone before in glory,
the Body is called to follow in hope.”

The scriptures for the Ascension also remind us that our work on earth is not done. Jesus gives his mandate to his disciples: “Go and spread the good news.” This, too, is our call and the continuing mission of the Church – not simply to pray in isolation or observe our “obligation,” but a reminder that we are sent as missionaries into the world; one that Pope Benedict XVI emphasized by adding three new dismissal texts to our current Roman Missal:

“Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.”
“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”
“Go in peace.”

Through the Eucharist and our encounter with Christ in word, sacrament, and in one another, let us choose to make a difference in the world.

May your hearts in this seventh week of Easter continue to be filled with the joy of the season! Have a wonderful week!

05/11/2021

Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter / Year B (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)

Happy 6th week of the Easter season! The word “friend” has certainly taken on different meanings in today’s social media lingo. While there are many positive connections and reconnections we can make online, there are also instances when the only expectation we can have, is to have no expectations. There is, however, a saying by the Greek philosopher Aristotle which describes friendship as a “single soul dwelling in two bodies.” In essence, it meant an intimate relationship combining understanding, trust, loyalty, and empathy. A friend was one in whose presence nothing had to be said, but with which anything could be shared. It was certainly a relationship that exuded comfort and emotional safety.

Jesus begins this past Sunday’s gospel with these words to his disciples, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you…If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Of the two main doctrines in the Bible – to love God and to love one another – there can be no mistake about the intimate relationship Jesus has with his Father in the Trinity. Jesus invites his disciples, whom he now calls “friends,” into this relationship.

As Fr. Tom shared, there is nothing more necessary as Catholics, and which fulfills our mission as the Church, as being visible signs of love of neighbor. This is the type of evangelizing to which Pope Francis has called us, and one – through our witness – which becomes a living invitation to the Church. St. Pope John Paul II spoke of the Mass as “the permanent school of charity, justice, and peace,” and as the “school of active love for the neighbor.” If we are paying close enough attention, the relationship between the Mass and mission is undeniable.

Loving as Jesus loved is only possible with God’s grace and love -- especially in these challenging times. And, it is God’s grace and love that has the power to change our perspective, allowing us to follow Jesus’ command: love one another.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

05/05/2021
05/02/2021

Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter / Year B (Fr. Thomas Dymowski, O.SS.T.)

Good morning on this 5th Sunday of the Easter season! In today’s gospel, Jesus reveals what it means to be his disciples. He begins by saying, “I am the true vine” – the seventh “I am” statement (the others being, “I am the bread of life”; “I am the light of the world”; “I am the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the way, the truth, and the life”). Like the others, it identifies Jesus as the one whom the Father sent and that “No one comes to the Father” except through him.

Each of these "I am" declarations invites us into a relationship and action: Bread is for eating, light for seeing, a door to pass through, a shepherd to follow. Resurrection, life, way, and truth are to be embraced. Each calls us to the demands of discipleship spoken of in John’s gospel: to abide in Jesus, to love one another as Jesus has loved us, and perhaps, the most challenging, to be hated by a world that refuses to accept Jesus’ transforming commandment of love.

Discipleship is no easy task. It calls us to intentionality in every aspect of our lives. As today’s gospel says, “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” The Jesuit priest, Fr. Richard Leonard, unpacks this parable further by saying, “We can claim to belong to the Christian family all we like. We can come to Mass every Sunday. But if the fruit we produce is bitter and poisonous, if we are unforgiving, unjust and uncaring, we cannot claim to be on the vine of Christ’s love.” God will hold us accountable not by our words or “public face of goodness,” but rather, “by our acts of love in and through our kindness and compassion.”

The Rev. Billy Graham put it succinctly: “Being a member of the church no more makes you a Christian than living in a garage makes you a car.” Our charge for today, and at the conclusion of every Eucharistic celebration, comes in one of the very last words we hear – “Go.” We are not simply dismissed from our celebrations, but instead, commissioned to go out and live the missionary life Jesus calls us to as his disciples. Nourished by word and sacrament, may the words “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life” take on renewed meaning for the week ahead.

All are welcome to join our Sunday Morning Mass at 11:00 a.m. today. To register for the Zoom link, RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Easter5Mass_050221

Videos (show all)

Reflections for the Solemnity of Pentecost (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)
Reflection for Solemnity of the Ascension (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)
Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter / Year B (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)
Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter / Year B (Fr. Thomas Dymowski, O.SS.T.)
Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Easter / Year B (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)
Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter / Year B (Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T.)
Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Easter (Fr. Thomas Dymowski, O.SS.T.)

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