The Sisters of the
Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament...
as a Religious Community, was founded in France by Venerable Jeanne Chézard de Matel on July 2, 1625. We are called to be "an extension of the Incarnation in time." Through the inspiration of our foundress, we are impelled to lead a life which fosters an imitation of the life of Jesus, the Incarnate Word. This is especially seen as we live the virtues of the Incarnate Word: humility, simplicity, charity.
The Eucharist is the center of our spirituality and the means through which we draw spiritual strength to serve the Lord among us.
We accomplish our mission of evangelization through Christian education, especially the faith formation of young people, pastoral ministry, social service ministry, chaplaincy ministry, outreach to the elderly, and by discerning other needs which call forth gifts and talents of the Sisters.
Our Beginnings in Texas and Beyond...
In 1852, at the request of Bishop Odin, bishop of the whole state of Texas, four Sisters came from Lyon, France to Texas. Brownsville was the first foundation in the United States. In a few years, houses were also founded in Victoria and Corpus Christi. In 1873, from Victoria, the Houston Community was established.
Today, Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament are to be found in: Africa, Argentina, Spain, United States (Corpus Christi, Victoria, Houston, and Cleveland), France, Guatemala, Kenya, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Tanzania, and Uruguay.