The Church of the Incarnation is a community for the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Dallas (UD), as well as many members of the larger Irving area. The church and campus ministry are supported by the generosity of donors.
The Church of the Incarnation was dedicated on March 24, 1985. Prior to its construction, religious services had been held at various sites on campus - Lynch Auditorium for Sunday Masses, the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel for daily Masses, and the Maher Athletic Center for large celebrations.
During the thirteen-year chaplaincy (1973-1986) of Fr. Don Fischer, a strong faith community developed which made possible the realization of the dream to build a campus church adequate for UD. The church was first named "Chapel of the Incarnation" and designated as a Public Oratory which signified its status as an official place of worship for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others who chose it as their spiritual home. In 2001 its name was changed to the current "Church of the Incarnation" to further emphasize that status. This faith community, Trustees, and major donors such as the Beasley, Neuhoff, Thompson, and Maurice and Fred Korkmas families funded the prize-winning structure and continue to provide support for the church and the Office of Campus Ministry.
With the completion of the church, the Chaplain's Office expanded from a Director of Religious Life / Chaplain, assisted by campus priests, and a secretary, into a full range of religious activities and services, and finally into a Campus Ministry center. Volunteer activities, always part of UD student life, continue to be coordinated through Campus Ministry, as well as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation), Alternative Spring Break, Men's Society, Blessed Is She, Mercy Crew, Open Anselm (an opportunity for students to pick up a free dinner once a week), regular and special liturgies, sacraments, and weddings for UD alumni.
Our mission is to minister, first to our students, then to the faculty and staff and the wider University community, through our authentic witness to form intentional disciples.
With the funds that we raise this North Texas Giving Day, we are hoping to accomplish the following goals:
--To be able to offer retreat scholarships to students who want to nourish their faith life, but need financial assistance to attend our off-site retreats (various costs)
--To give our students free dinner once a week through our Open Anselm nights (~$300 per night)
--To purchase a new stove and oven for our kitchen in Anselm (~$1200)