Bust statue displayed in Heritage Center on the campus of Villa de Matel. Gift received from CHRISTUS Health during 150th Anniversary of the Congregation.

Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis was born in Teche, France, on March 8, 1817, and died on May 21, 1895. He was ordained a priest in 1844 and came to Texas as a missionary priest in 1847. He served as the second Bishop of Galveston from 1862 to 1892. Unable to obtain women religious from American communities to care for the many sick and orphaned, he founded the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1866. The congregation continues the evangelizing, missionary spirit of our founder. Bishop Dubuis’ holiness is founded in the labor of ministry to the poor and suffering people of God. His legacy includes the ongoing ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, as they continue to be “Gospels of Love” in response to Jesus’ suffering in a multitude of persons.

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