BEING A SISTER OF CHARITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
BY SR. KIM XUAN NGUYEN, CCVI
This past August, I attended the ceremony for our three sisters who made their first profession of vows. It was a beautiful ceremony and it reminded me of my own calling to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas when I first decided to try religious life.
I asked God to help me find the congregation He would like me to join. Providentially, I was introduced to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word by a priest friend. Upon arrival at the motherhouse I was welcomed by Sr. Kim-Phuong Tran, Vocation Director, and some of our elderly Sisters. They were joyful and hospitable; I felt welcomed and at home. Also, the Motherhouse, Villa de Matel, of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word gave me a sense of peace in my heart, particularly the community’s beautiful chapel and the cemetery. I felt that even the sisters who had passed away were praying for me. More beautifully, I felt the presence of Jesus’ love in the Sisters I met.
At that time, I did not know much about the Incarnate Word, but looking back now, the Word was indeed being made flesh in the Sisters I encountered. God loves us so much that He dwells among us. We strive to embody the love of the Incarnate Word, and through this love we bring the healing ministry of Jesus to others. This is the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word’s charism that I felt and continue to feel called to be a part of. I am grateful for Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, our founder, and our Founding Sisters for answering God’s call in 1866. Today we carry on their legacy of embodying the love of the Incarnate Word in our communities and in ministry. I feel blessed to be one of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.