TVIW 33rd Anniversary, Fall 2021
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word’s Motherhouse Convent and surrounding grounds were rebuilt to become a retirement community accepting lay and religious residents. For more than a century in San Antonio the Sisters had only lived among themselves, yet they were opening their “home” to all – religious and lay people. At the time, this was a big deal, and the enormous undertaking was spearheaded by former administrator Sister Angelica Coleman, CCVI†.
On September 8, 1988, Sisters from St. Joseph’s Convent moved to The Village at Incarnate Word’s new facilities; including DeMatel House licensed nursing and independent living in Alphonse, Madeline, Pierre, and Ignatius Houses.
Since our founding, The Village has continued to grow and meet the needs of older adults. In 2001, services expanded with the opening of Angelique House, assisted living Type B, the transition of Alphonse House to assisted living Type A, and the addition of a memory care unit. In 2008, Dubuis House was completed offering additional independent living apartments, a bistro, and a resident wellness center. 2008 also marked TVIW’s merger with Sisters Care, a personal assistance service providing in-home care for individuals throughout greater San Antonio.
There have been many changes over the years, but what has endured is our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to all those we serve.
The Village at Incarnate Word is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only Catholic retirement community in San Antonio offering the full continuum of care. Included is independent living, three levels of assisted living, Medicare/Medicaid/private pay extended care nursing, and personal in-home care services through Sisters Care. Our campus is in the heart of San Antonio, adjacent to the University of the Incarnate Word and the Headwaters Sanctuary.
Although the faces of The Village have changed throughout the years, the imprint of each of their lives live within us. For more than three decades, we have been blessed to care for many wonderful people who have chosen to make The Village their home. Serving older adults – hearing their stories, learning from them, getting to know their families – is an awesome endeavor for which we are truly grateful.
“In the 27 years I have worked with the Sisters, I have admired their commitment to always putting the person first – not other’s expectations, not the rules, not the shoulds and should nots – the person. Who does this remind you of? Jesus Christ. Making the needs of the person a priority.”
– Jeanette Eisenmenger, Chief Operating Officer