The sixth annual CCVI Associates Gathering
April 23 – 25 at Villa de Matel.
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CCVI Associates are dedicated women and men who enjoy coming together in faith and friendship, and are inspired by the history and spirit of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas, to spread the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those in need.
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas also known as CCVI's, are an International Congregation of religious women whose Motherhouse is in Houston, Texas. CCVI is the acronym for the Latin phrase, “Congregatio Caritatis Verbi Incarnati” which means “Congregation of Charity of the Incarnate Word.” It refers to the Sisters who comprise the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. They were founded in 1866 by Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, the second bishop of Galveston, Texas.
Texas in 1866 was plagued with disease and poverty. To provide health care for his needy people, Bishop Dubuis went to his native country of France in search of nursing sisters. Three French women volunteered to come to Texas. The bishop brought these women to the Monastery of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in Lyons, France where for a short time they were educated in the spirituality of the Order of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament founded by Jeanne de Matel, a 16th century mystic.
From its beginnings the Congregation has responded to God's call to minister to the sick, the poor and the deprived, with a sense of church which embraces all God's people. Like Jeanne de Matel and the Order of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, the Sisters strived to be living signs of the Incarnation, "Gospels of Love."
In the early 1980s, there was a developing trend of collaboration and affiliation between religious congregations and lay men and women with whom they worked and ministered. This was inspired by a growing understanding of the message intended by the Second Vatican Council Document "On the Apostolate of the Laity." The US Bishops in their 1980 document "Called and Gifted: The American Catholic Laity," stated: "The Second Vatican Council clearly proclaimed the universal call to holiness. Not only are lay people included in God's call to holiness, but theirs is a unique call requiring a unique response, which itself is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The response of lay people to this call promises to contribute still more to the spiritual heritage of the Church."
In the spirit of Jeanne de Matel and Bishop Dubuis and in response to the call of Vatican II for collaboration in carrying out God's work in the church, the Congregation established the CCVI Associate Program in 1982. Associate communities were formed in many of the locations where the Sisters worked. There are currently Associates in four states as well as Central America and Ireland.
In living their Christian Vocation the Associates exercise their Apostolate through making an annual commitment to live out the following values:
We are inspired by the history and spirituality of the CCVIs; we pray for the Congregation and participate in ministries that are aligned with theirs.
We share faith and friendship with our fellow Associates; we spend time together, support and encourage one another and foster unity and caring.
We demonstrate our baptismal call to holiness by living exemplary Christian lives and spreading the light of Christ to others.
We spread the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by participating in ministries of service within our parish, community and global environment.
We commit ourselves to lives of prayer, sacraments, reflection on scripture and openness to all of the gifts God gives us.
Become an Associate
Participation in the Associate program is open to Christian men and women who have an authentic desire to live out their baptismal call to holiness as committed members of the Body of Christ, and to learning and living Incarnational Spirituality, as exemplified in the charism and ministries of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
Individuals interested in becoming Associates participate in a process called Initial Formation. This is a period of discernment, spiritual development and study, during which the individual meets on a regular basis with a Formator. The Formator is an experienced Associate who mentors new Associates by teaching, responding to questions and generally facilitating the process of orientation and preparation. This time normally takes about a year, but may vary based on individual need. Associates in formation are welcome to attend all meetings and social functions of the Associate community. When the person is ready to become an Associate he/she participates in a commitment ceremony, along with other Associates who renew their commitment annually.
For further information about the CCVI Sisters and Associates:
Director, CCVI Associates
Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale Street
Houston, Texas 77023
Sr. Deenan is the Director of the CCVI Associates in the U.S. See below for her address and email.