Living the Mission 2023

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LIVING The Mission

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude of the sick and infirm of every kind, seeks relief at your hands”.

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Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, 1866 Founder, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
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We, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word,

San Antonio, are an apostolic, international, intercultural Congregation founded by Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis in 1869. The mystery of the Incarnation is the foundation of our lives and at the heart of our ministries. Dedicated to our mission “to make real and tangible the saving and healing love of Jesus, the Incarnate Word, by promoting human dignity”, we serve God’s people, especially those who are economically poor and vulnerable, through health care, education, pastoral and social services. In each ministry, we use our energy, expertise and resources to respond to urgent and evolving needs in society and we strive to promote human dignity, peace, justice and the integrity of creation. We currently serve in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the United States.


Centro de Salud Integral Verbo Encarnado

Chimbote, Peru

(Verbo Encarnado Clinic)

This Clinic provides healthcare, education, faith development, and service to women, children, and youth in Chimbote, Nuevo Chimbote, Santa, Coishco, and Cambio Puente. Specialty services such as audiology and cardiology are also available.

CHRISTUS Health System

In 1999, our Congregation partnered with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, to form CHRISTUS Health, whose mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Trinity Mother Frances Health System, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, joined CHRISTUS Health in 2016 as a third co-sponsor. The health system is inspired by its mission, vision and core values to provide compassionate, high quality health care, improving the health of the communities it serves.

CHRISTUS Health comprises numerous facilities and services in the United States: Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas, and internationally in Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

Sistema de Salud Verbo Encarnado

Chimbote, Peru

(Incarnate Word Health System)

For over five decades, we have provided a range of medical and social services in the Chimbote region of Northern Peru, one of the poorest areas in that country.

The Village at Incarnate Word - Elder Care

San Antonio, TX

Founded in 1988. A retirement community focused on the unique needs of elderly adults, provides a continuum of care from independent living apartments through memory care units, allowing individuals to “age in place” as their needs change.

The Village also includes programs of care and education for elderly adults in the larger community, including Sisters Care and Connections Community Outreach Program.

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Centro Universitario Incarnate Word

Mexico City

(University of the Incarnate Word)

The Centro offers dual degree programs,grounded in Judeo–Christian values, to prepare students to become responsible and conscientious citizens committed to social development.

Colegios CCVI


(Incarnate Word School System, Mexico)

This education system includes eight institutions committed to forming the whole person and developing the full human and spiritual potential of each student.

• Centro Educativo Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, Nuevo León

• Colegio Mexicano, Monterrey, Nuevo León

• Colegio Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz

• Instituto América, Chihuahua, Chihuahua

• Instituto Hispano Inglés, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí

• Instituto Miguel Ángel de Occidente, Guadalajara, Jalisco

• Instituto Miguel Ángel, Ciudad de México

• Colegio Central, Puebla, Puebla.

Incarnate Word Academy

St. Louis, MO

Founded in 1932. Private, Catholic all-girls college preparatory school offering a dynamic curriculum grounded in Christian values, fostering independence and embracing diversity. Qualified students may enroll in the Advanced Placement program or college credit courses through St. Louis University or the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Incarnate Word High School

San Antonio, TX

Founded in 1881. One of the oldest Catholic, allgirls college preparatory schools in San Antonio offering a comprehensive curriculum aligned with state and national standards and dual enrollment for college credit programs. IWHS also offers boarding facilities for international students.

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Liceo Cervantino

Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico (Cervantes Lyceum)

Founded in 1977, the Liceo offers a competitive program for students in junior and senior high schools and technical high schools that fosters holistic formation and the development of competence in a variety of areas.

Universidad Incarnate Word Campus Bajio

Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Through internationally accredited programs, the University offers an education with a global vision based on the values of faith, truth, service, education and innovation. It provides a unique model of dual degree programs.

University of the Incarnate Word San

Antonio, TX

Founded in 1881. One of the leading universities in Texas, educating students to become concerned and enlightened citizens guided by JudeoChristian values. Largest Catholic university in the State, offering over 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral degrees in business administration, education, pharmacy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, nursing practice and physical therapy.

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Social Services

Casa Dubuis

Lima, Perú

This initiative on Migration, in collaboration with the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, provides hospitality at our Community house, San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima to immigrants from Venezuela.

Centro Mujeres Tonantzin

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico (Center for Women Tonantzin)

This center serves migrant women and children who are experiencing abuse and poverty.

Cooperativa de Café Tiemelonla Nich Klum

Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

(Tiemelonla Nich Klum Coffee Cooperative)

The cooperative supports 540 families to cultivate organic coffee and improve their lives and income.


Hidalgo, Mexico

Our Sisters, in collaboration with Assumption Parish, offer a family formation program in Mezquital, in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico,

whose population is composed primarily of the indigenous tribe known as Hñähñü.

The project is two-pronged: providing pastoral formation and offering much needed community service in this isolated area. Its goal is to bring the populations of Mezquital and the surrounding pueblos closer together to create stronger ties with their faith community and the parish.

El Puente - Hispanic Ministry

Jefferson City, MO

Founded in 1999. The only social outreach program of its kind in the Jefferson City diocese, El Puente helps integrate new immigrants into life in the United States while preserving their cultural values. The ministry addresses the varied needs facing immigrants, from legal and medical services to education.

Estancia Infantil Vasco de Quiroga

Mexico City (Vasco de Quiroga Children’s Day Care Center)

This ministry contributes to community development by providing service to children of single mothers and their families who have limited economic resources.

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Headwaters at Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

Established in 2008, an earth-care ministry of the Congregation restoring and celebrating the rich cultural, historical, spiritual, and educational values of the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Providing a safe haven for native plants, animals and people, the Headwaters Sanctuary addresses our moral obligation of earth care.

Incarnate Word Foundation

St. Louis, MO

When Incarnate Word Hospital was sold in 1997, the Foundation was established to continue its mission of service in the St. Louis area. Grounded in Incarnational Spirituality, it strives to create and nurture relationships that support community organizations in building healthy communities with a focus on programs that serve women, children, persons who are economically poor, and those who are elderly.

St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care Center

St. Louis, MO

Founded in 1981 by the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, this ministry was transferred to our Congregation in 2018. The Center offers a structured, comprehensive program that provides a variety of health and social support services to meet the needs of functionally challenged individuals.

Visitation House Ministries

San Antonio, TX

Founded in 1986. Two-year transitional housing and educational program for homeless single mothers with young children. This ministry includes transitional apartment living to prepare the women for a life of independence and stability for themselves and their children. It also provides outreach education programs for women in the broader community to empower them to be prepared to seek employment.

Incarnate Word Associates

Incarnate Word Associates are lay women and men in Mexico, Peru and the United States who feel called to live the Charism and the Mission of the Congregation.

CCVI Migrant, Immigrant, and Refugee Network

The Migration Crisis Network identifies four key areas of need facing migrating individuals and families, as well as mission workers and organizations whose basic foundation is to provide help to those in need. Each goal identifies key objectives, priority activities and specific action to be accomplished in the immediate future through Congregational and partnership initiatives.

CCVI Youth Project — SURGE

The objective of this project is to help young women and men acquire tools of discernment for their growth in the path of faith and in their social and ecclesial commitment through discovery of the spirituality of the Incarnation.

CCVI-CSI Hilton Project

The project is based on the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation initiative, which aims to position Catholic Sisters as world leaders in sustainable human development. Our project proposal focuses on the strategy of reinforcing and supporting the vitality, strength, and sustainability of the congregations to respond effectively to the needs of the communities served by their ministries in Mexico and the United States.


1. Incarnate Word Academy

2. Sr. Marichui Bringas in Uvalde, TX

3. Sr. Jean Durel rallying for social justice

4. Vocational Ministry

5. Chapter 2022, closing day

6. The Village at Incarnate Word

7. CHRISTUS Children’s, San Antonio, TX

8. CHRISTUS Health System

9. CHRISTUS Children’s, San Antonio, TX

10. Incarnate Word Missionaries

11. CHRISTUS Health System

12. Verbo Encarnado Clinic, Chimbote, Peru

13. Incarnate Word High School

14. Incarnate Word School System

15. Incarnate Word Academy

16. Incarnate Word School System

17. University of the Incarnate Word

18. Chimbote, Peru

19. Chilcuautla, Hidalgo, Mexico

20. Visitation House, San Antonio, TX

21. Tiemelonla Nich Klum Coffee Cooperative

22. Vasco de Quiroga Children’s Day Care Center

23. Visitation House, San Antonio, TX

24. Chilcuautla, Hidalgo, Mexico

25. Headwaters at Incarnate Word

26. CCVI-CSI Hilton Project, Tijuana, Mexico

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