Mission and Ministry

Website: University Mission and Ministry

The Purpose of the University Mission & Ministry is to make visible and tangible the Incarnate Word of God in the University.

We do this by engaging University life through prayer, liturgy, outreach, faith development, and pastoral care. While expressing a Catholic identity and the Incarnational spirituality of the founding Sisters, we are enriched by the religious tradition of each individual. Mission & Ministry seeks to empower this community to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by facilitating initiatives of service, peace, and justice.

Student Peer Ministry interns are an integral part of this ministry and their growth in faith and development of leadership skills is a core aspect of our ministry. Together, the professional staff and student Ministry Interns seek to extend an invitation to all students, faculty, and staff to explore formative issues of faith, values, and purpose.


A variety of styles—formal and informal, Catholic and Interdenominational—provide opportunities for students to develop ministry and leadership skills and to participate fully in prayer on campus. You are invited to be a part of our worship ministries—Liturgical Ministries for those who are Catholic (Readers, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, and Hospitality); Praise Team for our interdenominational worship services and our Music Ministries which serves both our Catholic and interdenominational worship. There are also opportunities to prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. 

Personal and Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Our student Ministry Interns plan and lead all our programs—providing for you many opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Some of those opportunities include: Residence Hall Ministry, Breathe (weekly prayer experience), Bible studies, peace and justice initiatives, community service, SALVE Fall Retreat, Breathe Spring Retreat and much more. Students can become a part of Mission and Ministry by simply attending events or by formally signing up with a team member. 


Website: Interfaith Literacy and Service

The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good. Students and faculty come from over seventy different countries. Members of the UIW community have wonderful opportunities to learn from each other's cultures and traditions.

Civic Engagement

Website: Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability

The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership is a partnership between the University of the Incarnate Word and CHRISTUS Health, with an initiative guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

It is dedicated to promoting the common good by educating enlightened and concerned leaders committed to learning, research, advocacy, and service for those in most need.

It promotes civically-engaged leaders collaborating in partnership with local and global community stakeholders to achieve individual/social transformation while respecting the dignity of each individual and all creation.