By John Peveto, UIW Board of TrusteesPeveto, John

Every board of trustee meeting begins with a time of prayer and reflection. During this time we often give thanks for the three Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word who traveled from Lyon, France to San Antonio over 140 years ago. They came with a Mission to care for the sick and to help those in need. Certainly, they prepared themselves and had a strong calling, even before they traveled such a long distance to begin this great work.

The question comes to mind. Can those of us who have not felt the call to full time service be used to do special things in His name as well? Yes, we can. We are told, when we read the Bible, to be diligent in using our talents in the workplace and to look for ways to serve as God’s witnesses in our daily lives. Wow, what a wonderful thought. The Creator of all things, known and unknown has asked each of us to be His representative here on earth.

Did the three Sisters ever dream of a Christian university with almost ten thousand students from all over the world being educated, trained and inspired to help others? My guess is that the Sisters remained focused on the task at hand and prayed for God to bless their efforts.

We see the blessings of God everywhere we look; in the beautiful new buildings on our main campus, new campus locations throughout our city and upcoming plans for even more schools in the near future. God has blessed these efforts of everyone in a mighty way. Let us continue to look for ways to serve mankind and then do as the Sisters of the past and present have done. Ask God to bless our efforts.