Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, originally from France, came to Texas as a young missionary priest. He was consecrated the 2nd Bishop of Galveston in 1862, which at that time embraced the entire state of Texas. In 1866, the critical needs of the people of Texas prompted Bishop Dubuis to seek religious nursing sisters from his native France. He penned a desperate letter to the Mother Superior of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Monastery in Lyon. His challenging first words still call to us today: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude of the sick and infirm of every kind, seeks relief at your hands.” These inspiring words initiated a process that culminated in the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. To this day, the Sisters of Charity and their associates continue to live from this invitation and mandate as they pray for Bishop Dubuis’ continued intercession and guidance.

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