- Created: Monday, 20 February 2017 20:27
This year marked the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Every year since then people have gone to Washington, D.C. to protest in defense of human life. This year, in comparison with last year, due to weather inconveniences, the march was significantly much more well attended as tens of thousands of people came to Washington Mall to March pro-life. The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) as every year seeks to make a good turnout. This year about 270 IVE youth attended March for Life and/or the 3rd Annual Winter Youth Festival. The Institute had youth from all over the USA; coming from Alabama, New York, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvanian and Connecticut, some even came from Canada.
Recently, brothers from the Fulton Sheen Seminary of the IVE, in Washington DC – traveled to Argentina. Father Christopher Etheridge, Deacon Wilian Valle, and 5 brothers spent the Thanksgiving holiday and the following week with other members of the IVE family which included time at the “Finca”, the first IVE seminary and motherhouse, with several 3rd order host families. The spirit of charity and joy made a deep impression on those who took part in the trip.
December 17th marks the ordination of the Institute’s newest priest, Fr. Brendan Anthony O’Rourke, IVE an Irishman from the country’s capital, Dublin. Having been already assigned to his mission in Massachusetts, Fr. Brendan returned to the seminary and the parish of St. John Baptist de LaSalle for his ordination to the priesthood. Families and friends traveled from as far as Ireland to be present for the ordination.
The day after in which the Universal Church commemorated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word also celebrated the joyous occasion in which five novices from the male branch and fourteen novices from the female branch received their religious habits. Mass was presided at the Crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by His Eminence, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick.