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About Us

The Institute of the Incarnate Word was the first branch of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word to be founded by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela in 1984.

The Institute which draws its spirituality from the mystery of the Incarnation, was founded on the Solemnity of the Annunication, March 25th, 1984 in San Rafael, Argentina. A few years later Fr. Buela would also found a female branch the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (SSVM), and a secular Third Order.

By means of the profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, we want to imitate and follow more closely the Incarnate Word in his chastity, poverty and obedience. In addition, we profess a fourth vow of Marian slavery, according to the spirit of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. By means of this vow, we consecrate our whole lives to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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    Charism & Spirituality

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    Third Order

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    Mission Volunteers

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    Provincial News

    • Reception of Minor Orders

      Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) - Institution of Ministries at the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation
      His Excellency, Bishop Barry Knestout, who was recently appointed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, conferres the ministries of Acolyte and Reader on nine IVE seminarians at the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation.

      On December 12th, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, desired to make herself known to the people of Mexico. She appeared to St. Juan Diego, whom she called her “dear little son”. In 1999, Saint John Paul the Great declared Our Lady of Guadalupe to be the patroness of the entire American Continent. This year, on the occasion of such an important Marian Feast Day, the Venerable Fulton Sheen House of Formation celebrated the conferral of minor orders.

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    • "The Habit is a sign of Consecration"

      Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) - Four IVE seminarians professed evangelical vows, 18 others renewed vows and 12 novices received their religious habit.
      Four IVE seminarians professed Evangelical vows of poverty chastity and obedience. (left to right: Jose Aca, Aaron Boutross, Simon Magaña, Andy Barth)

      “The habit is a sign of consecration, poverty and membership in a particular Religious family.”

      On the same day the universal Church celebrated the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle, 4 IVE seminarians from the Province of the Immaculate Conception solemnly professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Also included in the Mass, 12 novices received their new habits and 18 seminarians renewed their profession of vows.

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    • Adoration Chapel's Second Anniversary in Wauchula, FL

      Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) Adoration Chapel Second Anniversary in Wauchula, Florida - St. Michael
      Adoration Chapel at St. Michael parish in Wauchula, Florida. (left to right: St. Michael the Archangel, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Lujan)

      Jesus said, “Get away, Satan!! …‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.’” (Mt. 4: 10). When a Perpetual Adoration Chapel is begun in a parish, you could say that these words of Our Savior are repeated. It is a type of exorcism. On the other hand, in these times when so many parishes are locked for most of the day or week, granting access to the Eucharist is surely no small thing. Before he was the Holy Father, Benedict XVI affirmed that “today we run the risk of having our churches turned into museums and ending like museums: If they are not closed, they are pillaged. They have no life. The measure of the Church’s vitality, the measure of its interior openness, will be reflected in the fact that its doors remain open, precisely because it is a church where there is constant prayer.” [1]

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    Recent Photos

    • image On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12th, nine Institute of the Incarnate Word seminarians received ministries, seven of which were instituted as Reader and two were instituted as Acolyte. View More

      Institution of Ministries

    • image We celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish in Toronto, Canada. The Mass was presided by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. We were also joined by the IVE and SSVM Provincial Superiors as well as 3 previous pastors. During the Mass, a new chalice was blessed followed by a crowning of an image of the Blessed Mother. View More

      50 Anniversary St. Augustine Canterbury Church

    • image On November 30th, the Feast of the Apostle St. Andrew, at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, twelve Incarnate Word (IVE) novices receive their religious habit, four IVE seminarians professed first vows (of poverty, chastity and obedience) and many more renewed vows for one or three more years. View More

      Investiture of Habits and Profession of Vows

    • image View some photos from the recent Family Formation Night meeting held at the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation.
      Join us for the upcoming meeting on November 18th. View More

      Family Formation Night

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