Official page of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in the USA, Canada, Mexico, & Guyana

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.

Read More About Us

Explore our Constitutions & Directory of Spirituality

More Information

Related IVE/SSVM Information
  • An Order that Embodies Joyful Evangelization by David Clayton - The Way of Beauty
  • Reflection on Mercy by Sr. Maria del Fiat, SSVM - First Things
  • The Institute and Refugees in Iraq - Catholic News Agency
  • Incarnate Word in the Holy Land - Custodia Terrae Sanctae
  • Salt and Light Interview

  • Provincial News

    • The Gift of Life and Youth Celebrated in DC

      The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) supporting pro-life movement at the Washington, D.C. 45th Annual Pro-Life March
      The Institute of the Incarante Word (IVE) make their presence at the 45th Annual Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C.

      January 22, 2018

      As I sit down to write this chronicle it’s Monday afternoon, January 22nd, the 45th Anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that brought infamy to our nation: the “right” to abortion. That means it’s “March for Life Weekend” minus one. Echoes of “Ole, ole, ole, Pro-Life, ole!” still resound in my ears. Images of crowds, whether they be filling the National Basilica for the Vigil Mass for Life or marching down Constitution Ave towards the Supreme Court Building or packing the parish hall at St. John Baptist de la Salle for the Winter Youth Festival, flash through my memory. And still today, that strange “Indian summer”[1] as some call it around here in Washington, DC, lingers in the air. It’s the day after March for Life Weekend here at the seminary, and oh, what a weekend it was!

      Read more ...  
    • 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.

      Read more ...  
    • "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.

      Read more ...  

    The IVE is a missionary order founded by Fr Carlos Buela in 1984 in San Rafael, Argentina with the specific goal of evangelizing diverse cultures. By living by the principles of the Incarnate Word, each person, community, and culture is able to be brought to individual perfection. Currently the IVE is in more than 40 countries and includes a male and female branch, a contemplative branch, and a secular 3rd Order.

    The primary purpose of the trip was to gain a deeper understanding of how the IVE began and to grasp the Institute’s charism. San Rafael is not only home to the first seminary but also to a vast group of apostolates. Within a few square miles there are also IVE parishes, houses of mercy for the handicapped and less fortunate, elementary and high schools, a minor seminary and aspirancy. By the grace of God, many IVE missions around the world have been said to radiate charity. One certainly gets the impression that this charity can be traced back to San Rafael.

    The brothers spent most of their time at the Finca visiting the various apostolate listed above and spending time with the seminarians. The general feel of the environment was one of hard work, simplicity, and joy. A few of the highlights included the St. Andrew’s soccer tournament, Mass and adoration in the seminary church, and of course drinking mate and exchanging Argentine and American folk songs on the guitar.

    Aside from the San Rafael, the brothers also had the chance to visit with 3rd Order families and to make a pilgrimage to several holy sites. The most notable of these sites being the home of recently canonized Saint Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero. Many of the families have sacrificed a great deal for the IVE and for the service of the church. One host family has eleven children, seven of which are either IVE missionaries or in formation for the missionary life. However, each of the families had a lively spirit and were eager to hear about the apostolates that are taking place back here in the United States. The brothers appreciated the chance to learn about the Argentine culture or above all about the beginning years of the religious family.

    As we enter the New Year, we give thanks to God for this trip to Argentina. God always works through individuals—cultures, times in history, and people. May this unique opportunity bear fruit in the coming year as the brothers seek to live out the IVE charism in an ever-fruitful manner.


    Recent Photos

    Support Us