Beginning on Tuesday, October 25, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston (CCVI) will celebrate their 150th year of service in ministry. The Congregation was founded in Galveston, Texas in 1866, by Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, second Bishop of Galveston, Texas.

The first three Sisters came from Lyons, France to establish the Congregation in response to Bishop Dubuis’ call: Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude of sick and infirm of every kind, seeks relief at your hands. In 1926, the Motherhouse was moved from Galveston to the newly built Villa de Matel Convent in Houston.

The Sisters currently serve in five countries around the world: El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, and the United States, and their ministries impact the lives of countless people. Four major focus areas of their ministry are:

  • Education: teachers and administrators of primary schools, secondary schools and literacy centers.
  • Healthcare: sponsors of Sisters of Charity Health System (SCH), co-sponsors of CHRISTUS Health, co-sponsors of the Catholic hospitals within Dignity Health and in direct service to those in need.
  • Social concerns: ministering to the underserved and providing direct services to the poor through facilities and centers that care for abandoned children and elderly. They also partner with others in comprehensive immigration reform, the repeal of the death penalty and the abolition of all human trafficking.
  • Spirituality: The Spirit of Jesus, the Incarnate Word, inspires and sustains all who engage in prayer and ministry. In support of this, the Congregation administers three spirituality centers in Guatemala, Kenya and the United States.

The Sisters have planned a year-long program of events and activities to thank God for their past, to honor their co-ministers and celebrate the present; and to look forward to a future full of hope.

Planned Events for the 2016 Sesquicentennial Year

Sunday, October 23, 2016:

  • Eucharist at 2:00 p.m.; St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, 2011 Church Rear St., Galveston, TX 77550. Reception to follow in the KC Hall, 1912 Winnie Street, Galveston, TX 77550.

The following events will be held at Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale St., Houston, TX 77023

Monday, October 24, 2016:

  • Solemn Vespers in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at 6:00 p.m. followed by a reception.

Friday, October 28, 2016:

  • Taize Prayer in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at 7:30p.m.

Sunday, November 6, 2016:

  • Open House, 3-5 p.m.

Friday, November 11, 2016:

  • Incarnational Spirituality Interactive Talk, 7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016:

  • Advent Vespers at 6:00 p.m.in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

The Sisters will host the following concerts:

Saturday, December 3, 2016: 

  • Two Concerts in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception given by the Bay Area Chorus; 3:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.bayareachorus.org.

Saturday, December 10, 2016:

  • Two Concerts in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception given by the Houston Chamber Choir 3:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.houstonchamberchoir.org.

Sunday, December 11, 2016: 

  • Two Concerts in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception given by the Houston Chamber Choir 3:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.houstonchamberchoir.org.

Sunday, December 18, 2016:

  • Two Concerts in the Conventual Chapel of the Immaculate Conception given by the Houston Children’s Chorus 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.houstonchildren.org.

Pictured are members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston at their Motherhouse in Houston, Texas. The Sisters are celebrating 150 years of service from October 25, 2016 to October 25, 2017.

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