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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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    • 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!

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    • 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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    This weekend’s of pro-life event started on Thursdays evening with a vigil mass at the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception; Mass was presided by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Chairman of the U.S. bishop’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities. We are safe and secure in our mother’s womb, the sanctuary God has created for us, said Cardinal Dolan, but if the womb is violated, than other sanctuaries are at risk. His Eminence then added, giving support to the youth, “You are making a difference in the United States… changing our culture from a culture of death into a culture of life.” After Holy Mass, the IVE priest and seminarians returned to the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation to welcome the arrival of the youth for Friday’s March.

    The following morning, IVE priest and seminarians, sister (from the Servant of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara) and youth prayed Morning Prayer, ate breakfast and attended Holy Mass. After Mass, the youth came down to the parish hall to grab their lunch bags and practiced some last minute chants until it was time to load the buses. Everyone gathered at the Washington Mall started to chanted with great vitality! The IVE were chanting jumping for nearly two hours with stop before they started the walk the March on Independence Avenue. The youth, impressive as every year, gave all their energy. Before arriving to the Supreme Court for the final group picture the IVE prayed the Rosary entreating the intercession of our Blessed Mother. The Youth then returned to the Parish of St. John Baptist de LaSalle for snack and free time. Later that evening the youth had Adoration with confession, dinner and a “Fogon” (song and entertainment).

    On Saturday, January 28th, youth from local parishes, such as St. John Baptist de LaSalle, St. James, St. Mark, St. Matthew Cathedral and etc., came to together at St. John Baptist de LaSalle with the youth from other states, as mentioned above, for the 3rd annual IVE Winter Youth Festival. The youth had the opportunity to attend several workshops on various topics (such as Gender Identity and Purity) and play sports. Later that evening there was another opportunity for the youth to go to confession during Adoration. At the conclusion of Evening Prayer and Benediction, the youth returned to hall for dinner and the final “fogon”.

    Sunday morning, the youth woke up and attended Mass at the parish, afterwards there was had brunch.

    We would like to thank all the youth for making this March for life and winter youth festival possible, without you this would not have been possible.

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