“ Spirituality at IWA is so much more than a daily prayer at the beginning of class. IWA takes it to a whole different level, and there are many opportunities that will allow you to grow in your faith.” St. Sarah Rosales '19
Spiritual growth at Incarnate Word Academy reflects the spirituality and the mission of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament who founded our school over 145 years ago. 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 do students learn in Theology class?
Theology classes encourage students to take responsibility for exploring and validating their own faith by following the framework of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. By searching for answers to tough questions, students discover how to live their faith in a modern world. This means studying scripture, discussing the writings of theologians, faith sharing, and broadening their knowledge of Catholicism and the Church’s relationship to other religious traditions.
How can I get involved with spirituality on campus?
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. Students grow together as a class on retreats each year. Freshmen and sophomores have time for reflection, prayer, and fellowship at day-long retreats, and juniors and seniors have overnight retreats. Students can also attend optional retreats like the Mother-Daughter Retreat. Students are also given the space to be passionate about local organizations; our girls dedicate more than 8,000 hours to community service over four years through our Christian Learning Service Program.
What if I'm not Catholic?
IWA welcomes students of all faith traditions. All students participate in liturgies, retreats and prayer services and share their beliefs to create an environment of mutual respect and understanding. As current senior Julia O’Neil said: “IWA does a great job of letting you discover your faith on your own and giving you the opportunities to grow. No matter where you are in your spirituality, IWA is such a great safe place to find yourself and learn more about the Catholic faith.”