Tuesday, July 8, 2014

University of the Incarnate Word (Alamo Heights/Midtown San Antonio)

"Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as a school for young women, the University of the Incarnate Word is one of the three oldest institutions of higher education in the city of San Antonio. It should thus come as no surprise that it is also one of the most haunted and that at least three of its buildings are believed to be inhabited by the spirits of those who have lived on the campus in years past. Beyond merely being haunted, however, some parts of the university feel almost mystical, from the resting place of nuns who lived out their lives there, to a holy grotto modeled after one of the most sacred in Europe, to the very headwaters of the San Antonio River." 

That is the first paragraph of my chapter on the University of the Incarnate Word for Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country! This is a fascinating site that has many spiritually active locations within it, from ancient springs to the estate that is the namesake of the Alamo Heights neighborhood. 


Top left: Lourdes Grotto. Top right: Brackenridge Villa. Center: Bishop Claude M. Dubuis Residence Hall. Bottom left: The Blue Hole, headwaters of the San Antonio River. Bottom right: Incarnate Word Cemetery. 

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