Inspired by the charism of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Incarnate Word Academy seeks to evangelize by proclaiming the Good News as revealed in the mystery of the Incarnation. In this ministry of Catholic education, our service is directed "toward bringing about a Christian wholeness in each person and a Christian unity among all." (Constitutions, #81)
In pursuit of this goal, Incarnate Word Academy holds God as the highest value and affirms the sacredness and dignity of each human person. Acknowledging parents as the first and foremost educators, we work in partnership with them to foster in their children the fullness of life to which they have been called. We recognize the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and creative gifts of each member of our community and provide a holistic education to challenge, assist, and guide students in their personal development.
In response to the Second Vatican Council, IWA seeks to create a faith community in which the following are provided for its members:
- The opportunity to worship in liturgical celebration and to deepen personal prayer
- The message of Christ as presented in Catholic doctrine and expressed in sound moral principles
- The experience of community through mutual support and conflict management
- The introduction into a life of service to facilitate discernment of vocation
IWA seeks to integrate Catholic faith and Christian values with the pursuit of quality education. Aware of the many aspects of human growth and development, all members of the staff assist students in developing a life stance that includes the following:
- The quest for a deepening personal relationship with God
- The maintenance of natural inquiry generating optimum cognitive learning
- The appropriate expressions of emotional responses toward self and others
- The participation in social relationships based on respect and trust, expressed in honest communication and personal accountability
The acquisition of healthy physical practices
Achievement of Christian Formation
While finishing school is never an indication that a person is finished growing, IWA does seek to facilitate the development of an individual who is able to express commitment to God and his or her faith community through witness and service; who enjoys the skills to make responsible and informed decisions; who is ready to participate in and contribute to the good of the civic community; who — above all — witnesses to and lives as a member of the Kingdom of God.
Catholic missionary service is deeply rooted in the history of South Texas. Missionary work is a cornerstone of the Catholic faith.
At the high school level, we characterize ourselves as a developing faith community. Essential to growth in committed faith is the need to foster ways of putting our faith into action, to implement ways of living as committed disciples. That is the purpose of IWA's Mission Team activities.
Students immerse themselves in a challenging program of faith and leadership development grounded in Catholic ideas and practices. They promote the core values of Incarnate Word Academy by growing in holiness and virtue, and generously challenging others to do the same. They reach out to serve the needs of the local community as well as other communities in need. They are supported in their work by like-minded peers and mentors. They strive to become solid and dependable pillars of the community.
This group of dedicated students that make up the Mission Team commit their time and efforts to serving others. The group gathers regularly throughout the year and plans mission activities,as well as participates in faith formation.
In the early years of the IWA Mission Program, the team traveled to Mexico. Part of the experience was immersing themselves into the lives of the people in the towns where they traveled.
They would participate in "visiteo" which includes visiting house to house, inviting residents to attend prayer services. Students work and worship together with the people in the parishes and communities in which they serve. Student missionaries share that it is not the physical work that they accomplish that has the most profound effect on them, but rather the notable effect their visit has on the people in the communities.
Campus Ministry at IWA seeks to give students the opportunity to develop their faith, their desire to serve, and their spiritual hunger. Through their faith, talents, skills, and service, the students make present the Body of Christ.
More than anything, please keep the program, the students, the adult sponsors, and the people of the communities in which the Mission Team serve in your prayers. May the works of our Incarnate Word Academy students continue to take the Gospel of Jesus, the Incarnate Word, to the ends of the earth. Praised Be The Incarnate Word, Now and Forevermore!
Retreats are provided by Incarnate Word Academy Campus Ministry. Each level, 6th-12th, has a retreat in the fall. The themes of these retreats vary year over year, but the essence remains the same: to bond with their classmates while celebrating their Catholic faith. The retreats are rooted in Catholic teachings and tradition, but students from all faiths can find something of value for their faith during the day-long retreat. The retreat includes time for reflection, praise and worship, and activities, while culminating in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Seniors are gifted one final retreat in the spring of their final year at IWA. This retreat is a different experience from the others. Parents are encouraged to participate in a number of ways.
To volunteer for our retreats, please contact Ashley Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be required to have a valid background check and CMSE certification on file prior to volunteering.
In times of crisis, many people rely on their faith and head to Church. What are we to do, as a faith community, when physically going to Church is not an option? Take heed of this message from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“In Christian usage, the word "church" designates the liturgical assembly, but also the local community or the whole universal community of believers. These three meanings are inseparable.”
Our Church is not just the building, but the whole universal community of believers. Use the prayer request form below to add your own personal intentions to our IWA prayer list. The prayer intentions list is available to all our students, faculty, and families in the Campus Ministry section of our website, and will be updated weekly. Praised be the Incarnate Word, in whom our faith remains.
Please pray for Aidan's great aunt, as she has been re-diagnosed with cancer. It is especially hard for us to handle this news in these trying times where as this virus is affected people with compromised immune systems. Please pray for her health and the strength she needs to go through this journey one more time. - Jessica Riojas
Please pray for all students and teachers during this transition period. Keep all of our families safe and healthy.
Please Heavenly Father and Holy Family pray for all people, the World, our USA and IWA. That we all remain together, pray and get through these difficult times. Lord help us guide us and protect us. Please help my Dad find a job too.