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UPDATE - Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 - UIW.ONE WORD: COMMITTED

Earthquake Relief

Office of International Affairs – Relief Efforts for Mexico City

The Office of International Affairs is coordinating relief efforts for those effected by the recent earthquake in Mexico City that happened on Sept. 19. To donate to the relief effort, please follow this link. For info, contact Vanessa Lopez, administrative assistant to the vice president for international affairs, at (210) 805-5838 or

A Special Message from the Vice President of Mission and Ministry: Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI

As the University of the Incarnate Word, we invite our community to gather in prayer for those in Mexico who are suffering as a result of the recent earthquake.  We will join our voices in prayer with those of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Mexico.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude of persons impacted by the earthquake, seeks relief at your hands. Once again, our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Mexico who yesterday suffered yet another catastrophic earthquake on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands of people. The states principally affected were Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico State and the capital, Mexico City.”  

Today Pope Francis at his General Audience expressed his solidarity with the Mexican people and implored “Almighty God to welcome all those who lost their lives.” The Mexican bishops expressed their condolences to all those affected and highlighted the generous fraternal affection the nation is witnessing in the response and rescue efforts: “Once again, we are witnessing the solidarity of the Mexican people who sees a brother and sister in those who are suffering.”

"We join them in prayer and solidarity and together invoke the maternal protection of our Lady of Guadalupe, Comforter of the Afflicted and Mother Most Merciful."

For more information, please contact Mission & Ministry at (210) 829-3128.


Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI
Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Hurricane Relief

The University continues to demonstrate its commitment to Mission and walk in the footsteps of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to support service to those most in need as those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Thus, the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, Mission & Ministry, and Campus Engagement are working with numerous campus partners to provide support and assistance to the San Antonio Food Bank, Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.


There are several ways we can respond, first in prayer, as prayer moves us to action on behalf of our sisters and brothers.  Second, consider sharing your time, treasure and talent to the communities in need. Below is a partial list of things you can do to help:

1.     San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 W Old US Highway 90, San Antonio, TX. 

Phone #: 210-337-3663. To support Food Bank’s efforts, bins will placed throughout campus where you can leave non-perishable food items, baby diapers and bottled water or you can send a donation to the Food Bank.  Visit this link and click to donate or volunteer.

2.     South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 6211 1H 10 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78201.  Phone # 210 731-7555. Please donate blood.  The Blood Bank is in great need of Type O blood donations. Visit this link. Student Engagement & The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership will be sponsoring a blood drive in the coming weeks, please keep a look out for more information.

3.     Catholic Charities, 202 French Place, San Antonio, Texas.   Phone # 210 222-1294. Donations may be made online at the Catholic Charities website.

4.     American Red Cross, 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX.  Phone # 210 224 5151. Visit this link for their website.

5.     UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Engagement – visit their website at this link, and check for opportunities to serve the community. 

We are truly grateful for the spirit of generosity, compassion and concerns that animates the University’s community.  In St. Paul’s words, “as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility meekness and patience.   It is our prayer that this is the spirit that directs our response to those in greatest needs today.

Please contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability to learn of opportunities or to share information of your contribution as part of the Hurricane Relief Effort at (210) 283‐6423 or

May God bless and keep us.


Sr. Walter Maher, CCVIVice President of University Mission & Ministry

Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo Associate Provost for Civic EngagementEttling Center for Civic Leadership

Dr. Ricardo GonzalezAssociate DirectorEttling Center for Civic Leadership


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This page provides the University of the Incarnate Word Community with updates on the status of campus during unanticipated events such as severe weather and other emergencies.

This page supplements the university's main webpage, the Rave Alert emergency notification system, and emails sent to the university community through the Office of Communications and Marketing.

For more information on campus safety, visit the Risk and Safety Office web page, and review the Emergency Response Guide.

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