Living our Mission, Summer 2021
“Communities of Strength” brought to mind the communities of the early Christians that we read about in the Acts of the Apostles. In chapter one, verses 13-14, it says that after Jesus ascended to Heaven, the eleven apostles gathered in Jerusalem and “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” After the Pentecost event, the Holy Spirit emboldened Peter to proclaim the truth of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, resulting in 3,000 converts being baptized. In chapter two, Luke describes the community. “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. (v. 42) Their fellowship was the result of sharing faith in Jesus and a desire to spread the good news of eternal salvation through Jesus to all areas of the known world.
Throughout the past year, the residents and staff of The Village at Incarnate Word have pulled together forming a strong community through service and appreciation. Staff members were outstanding in overcoming fears, stifling their social activities, working extra days and hours, and overcoming ice and snow – even if it meant staying here overnight! Residents also rose to the occasion, watching out for one another, helping when needed, and showing appreciation for every effort that was made on their behalf.
Every year in the late spring, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word celebrate members who are observing significant anniversaries of the first profession of religious vows of chastity, religious poverty, and obedience. This year we have four Sisters celebrating 60 years of profession in the United States:
Sr. Jane Marie Farek
Sr. Francine Keane
Sr. Mary Kay McKenzie
Sr. Guadalupe Ruiz
Congratulations, Jubilarians! Thank you for your 60 years of serving the Incarnate Word!