On Tuesday, September 20, Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, visited Villa de Matel, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston (CCVI). The Mayor, along with members of the Houston City Council and the Mayor’s staff, were honored guests at a luncheon and tour of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Sisters from El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Ireland, and the United States welcomed the Mayor and shared their passion for serving those in need.
During the luncheon, the Mayor thanked the Sisters for their service to Houston. He congratulated them on their 150th year anniversary. He also honored them with an official proclamation declaring the day of their founding, October 25, as the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Day. Congregational Leader, Sister Kevina Keating, accepted the proclamation and thanked the Mayor for his leadership and support of the Sisters’ work in ministering to the less fortunate in Houston.
The Mayor was joined by Council members Karla Cisneros of District H and Robert Gallegos of District I. Council member-at-large, Amanda Edwards, also attended along with the Mayor’s staff, including Jeff Syptak, Administrative Assistant, and William-Paul Thomas, Director of Council Relations. An open invitation was extended to the Mayor, Council and staff to visit again soon.
Pictured: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council members congratulate the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston on 150 years of service. The Mayor and Council members attended a luncheon at Villa de Matel, the Congregation’s Motherhouse in Houston.