"May our life then be as a book in which others can read beforehand the instruction that we must give them."
These wise words of Mother Jeanne de Matel, Foundress of the Order of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, form the heart of an Incarnate Word Academy education. Students grow in their relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word, through study, prayer and service. In building this relationship, our students come to an understanding of their own dignity and self-worth, as well as develop a moral sense for loving others and a call to serve. As young Women of the Word, they become a source of Christ’s light and goodness for the world.
What is Incarnational Spirituality?
Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI, so simply stated, "the mystery of the Incarnation is God taking on human Incarnate and dealing with human beings in a visible, tangible way." It is for us to continue to give God's Incarnate to family, friend and stranger alike, in our homes, workplaces and our world. The Word is Incarnate when we:
- live with integrity as Jesus did.
- care for others, treat others with dignity and respect.
- affirm the goodness in others, when we lift up others.
- forgive, no matter the hurt as Jesus did.
- open our eyes and ears to need and respond as best we can.
- spread joy to others; work to bring justice and hope to others.
IWA fosters an inclusive Catholic community through our celebration of the Eucharist.
As we worship together, we ground our Sisterhood in the Good News of the Incarnation. Students are encouraged to serve as lectors, altar servers, gift bearers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, choir members and prayer service leaders.
IWA’s retreat program is designed to build community within each classification while also providing personal space for prayer and reflection.
Peer ministry is a guiding pillar of IWA’s retreat program with upperclassmen involved in the preparation, planning, and implementation of each retreat.
Students are given the space to be passionate about local organizations.
The aim of the Christian Service Learning Program is to promote service as women for others, conscious of the needs of the local community, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. Through the more than 8,000 hours of community service each year, our girls develop a deeper understanding of Catholic social teaching and develop skills of leadership and character.
IWA’s student-led Campus Ministry Team is guided by our Campus Minister, but the responsibility and leadership come straight from the students.
From planning retreats to coordinating mission trips, prayer services and all-school events, students are in the driver’s seat in living out their faith.