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About Us

University Mission and Ministry

The Purpose of the University Mission & Ministry is to make visible and tangible
the Incarnate Word of God in the University.

We do this by:

Engaging University life through prayer, liturgy, outreach, faith development, and pastoral care. While expressing a Catholic identity and the Incarnational spirituality of the founding Sisters, we are enriched by the religious tradition of each individual. Mission & Ministry seeks to empower this community to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by facilitating initiatives of service, peace, and justice.

Student Peer Ministry interns are an integral part of this ministry and their growth in faith and development of leadership skills is a core aspect of our ministry. Together, the professional staff and student Ministry Interns seek to extend an invitation to all students, faculty, and staff to explore formative issues of faith, values, and purpose.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Sr Walter Maher

Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI

Email: maher@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 829-3128

Sr. Walter's areas of responsibility include mission, identity, and ministry. Her office can be found in the Columkille Administration Building, Room 147

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Administrative Assistant to Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Brenda Dimas

Brenda Dimas

Email: dimas@uiwtx.edu
Phone: 210-829-3128

Brenda serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Mission and Ministry as well as the Mission and Ministry team. You can find Brenda in Collumkille Administration Building, Room 147.

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Director of Campus Ministry

Elisabeth "Beth" Villarreal

Elisabeth "Beth" Villarreal

Email: villaret@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 829-2736

Beth oversees the Faith Formation for the undergraduate community. This includes Breathe Young Adult Ministries, Retreats, Bible Study, Agapao Ministries, RCIA/Confirmation preparation, and oversight of the Peer Ministry Intern Program. Her office is located in the Columkille Administration Building, Room 146.

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Director of Music Ministries and Coordinator of Liturgy and Media

Lena Gokelman

Lena Gokelman

Email: mgokelma@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 832-3207

Lena directs the university’s Music Ministries (which include the Laudate Choir, Sometime Singers, cantors, and instrumentalists) and serves as organist/pianist for Masses and Ecumenical/Interfaith Services. She also coordinates the liturgical worship of our campus and the division’s Media Ministry (responsible for communicating UMM events and building community through digital invitation). Her office is located in the Columkille Administration Building, Room 142.

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Liturgy and Music Assistant

Carmen Aguilera

Carmen Aguilera

Email: carenas@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 832-3207

Carmen serves as Liturgy and Music Assistant to the Director of Music Ministries/Coordinator of Liturgy and assists in the coordination of liturgical ministries and training of ministers. Carmen also serves as a cantor in the Music Ministry. Her office is located in the Columkille Administration Building, Room 142.

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Our Chaplains

We are blessed to have the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate along with our Protestant Chaplain serving the diverse community of the University of the Incarnate Word.

Bishop Trevor Alexander

Protestant Chaplain

Email: alexande@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 829-3130

Bishop Trevor serves as the university's Protestant Chaplain overseeing our Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries. Bishop Trevor can be found in the Columkille Administration Building, Room 141.

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Fr. Abraham Chimese, OMI Open
Fr. Art Flores, OMI Open
Fr. Richard Hall, OMI Open
Fr. Victor Patricio Silva, OMI Open
Fr. David Uribe, OMI Open