UIW Celebrates Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis of Assisi (c.1182-1220) 1642 (oil on canvas)Each October, the University of the Incarnate Word community comes together to observe the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi in October. This year, we are observing the feast at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3. The day will consist of a blessing of the animals at the entrance to the Headwaters Sanctuary (located behind Sullivan Field).

Born in the early 1180s, St. Francis of Assisi spent his early years as a soldier but later devoted his life to God. It was during this period that he dedicated his time to helping the poor as well as teaching humility, obedience, patience and compassion. Around 1209, Pope Innocent III granted St. Francis and his followers the right to a new religious order. The order would be known as the Franciscan Order (Order of Friars Minor).

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Many centuries later, in 1979, Pope John Paul II formally declared St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecology. Pope John Paul II said, “…he, in a special way, deeply sensed the universal works of the Creator and, filled with a certain divine spirit, sang that very beautiful ‘Canticle of the Creatures’.” Since this time, St. Francis’s feast day has normally included a moment to bless animals of all types. So, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome you to the entrance of the Headwaters Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, to have your animal blessed by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI. The event is co-sponsored by the UIW Liturgical Outreach and the Headwaters Coalition, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

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UIW Gears Up for Light the Way

We will celebrate Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word on Saturday, Nov. 19. While the actual date of the event is months away, a lot of work and effort is accomplished by the community to create a successful and fun event. UIW invites the community to help prepare for Light the Way at a volunteer day on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the McDermott Convocation Center.

While this day is a great way for students to earn community service, the day really is a huge help in the process of Light the Way. Volunteers help remove and install light bulbs into Christmas lights that are placed all over campus and are lit on Nov. 19 through the holiday season. There are two shifts available to volunteer from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Students, faculty, alumni and their families are invited to participate. Please no children under the age of 10. (Students must have their valid UIW ID to check in for community service hours.) To register, please follow this link.

Light the Way is an event that the whole community enjoys to ring in the Christmas season, and we could not do it without your help and support. Let’s make this Light the Way the best and brightest yet. We cannot wait to see you there.

Cardinals Football take on the Javelinas

On July 1, 2013, UIW officially started its journey as a NCAA Division I school in the Southland Conference. Today is the first football game of UIW’s third season as a NCAA Division I school as well as our first home game. Cardinals Football will take on the Texas A&M – Kingsville Javelinas at 6 p.m., in Benson Stadium.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Garage parking is free with a valid 2016/17 UIW parking permit.

Come show your Cardinal spirit and pack the stands. Faculty, staff and students get in free with a valid UIW ID. Our Cardinals have come a long way and worked hard to get to this point. Go Cards!  Good luck on a winning season.

To purchase tickets, go to www.uiwtickets.com.   Follow this link to view a complete football schedule. For questions regarding the game or parking, call (210) 829-3000.