Campus Ministry

The school enjoys the daily presence of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word, twelve of whom live on campus. Many of the retired sisters keep a prayer ministry for the students and families of IWA. All of the sisters inspire and enhance the peaceful, Christian environment of our school.

 

Upon the retirement of Sister Rosemarie Burke in 2021, IWA welcomed its first lay Director of Campus Ministry, Mrs. Liz Hjort. Mrs. Hjort works to uphold the mission of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word in the school and creates an environment that encourages all members of the IWA community to contribute to the Catholic identity of Incarnate Word Academy. Together with the Sisters, our administrators, teachers, parents and local priests, Mrs. Hjort helps to further the spiritual development of our students in ways that will prepare them to be compassionate leaders at school, at home, in their communities of faith, and in the world.

 

Campus Ministry Vision

Forming a Faith Community by facilitating an atmosphere of Christian hospitality where all feel welcome, based on Catholic faith traditions and rituals, as well as acknowledging and celebrating diversity within the school community. 

Spiritual Development with opportunities for our IWA community to deepen their relationship with Christ, including a growing retreat program for students, faculty, parents, and staff. 

 

Prayer and Sacramental Experiences throughout the school year that teach methods of reflection that are both personal and communal.

 

Deepening Understanding of our role as people of faith in Church and society through use of the Virtues in Practice curriculum. This curriculum, which was designed by the Dominican sisters, introduces monthly virtues such as faith, mercy, studiousness, hope, honesty, and gratitude, and connects each virtue to the life of a Saint while also allowing students to make real world connections.

 

Campus Ministry in Action

The Mission statement which IWA students recite every day from memory reminds each one that they are committed to living the gospel values in word and deed. They are nurtured spiritually each day and throughout the school year by following these practices:

 

• Daily prayer at the beginning and end of the day

• Religion lessons taught daily from Preschool through 8th grade

• Designated Theology teacher for the Preparatory Academy (grades 6-8)

• Monthly all school Masses

• Quarterly grade level Masses

• Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent

• Opportunities for service and community engagement throughout the school year

• Special all school Marian Devotions in May

• Annual Grandparents and Special Friends Prayer Service (grades K-3)

• Blessing of Throats in February

• Eucharistic Adoration once a year

• Classroom lessons with Fr. Byrne, pastor of Saint John Bosco (grades 6-8)

• 8th grade retreat day in March

• All school retreat day on Holy Thursday

• Access to Sacred Spaces on campus including:

  • The beautiful second floor Chapel

  • Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine

  • Outdoor Stations of the Cross

  • Outdoor Labyrinth (meditative prayer walk)