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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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    The devotion to the Sacred Heart proved to be an integral part of this mission. About 40 missionaries went to door to door visiting families, offering to enthrone the Sacred Heart in their homes. They were equipped with precious images of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts which they offered freely to those who were moved to received Our Lord and Lady in such a formal way. By the end of the mission, the Sacred Heart had been enthroned in over 200 homes!

    One apostolate of special mention was the work done with the men in the mushroom farms. These men spend most of the day in these farms under terrible conditions, waking up very early in the morning and working long hours. For the most part, they live in poor shacks steps away from the mushroom farms, built exclusively for them; as such, often times they spend entire weeks without leaving the complex. Fr. Mariano and Fr. Martelli, with the help of a few seminarians had the grace to visit them, speak to them, and hear a number of confessions. This is certainly one of the greatest fruits of the mission because these men are generally very far from God.

    Another apostolate to mention is the work done with the youth and kids. On the Friday of the Sacred Heart, the youth group made a pilgrimage to Philadelphia, walking through the streets of this large city from the Cathedral to the Shrine of St. Rita (a walk which took over two hours!) as they marched holding signs, praying, and singing songs in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The following day, after lunch with the religious, the youth also put together a short play, titled “The Youth and St. Rocco” about a young man who, in prayer, received an apparition of St. Rocco in which the saint, by showing different episodes of his life, explains to the youth how to follow Jesus Christ. Attendance for the kids mission reach 90 kids, varying from the ages of 6-13. Every morning the kids were presented with a particular virtue to practice throughout the day. As in the IVE Directory of Oratory, “We do not only want to form good Christians, but also good citizens.”

    A special thanks goes out to Msgr. Frank who received us into his parish, and to the SSVM sisters working under M. Stella Maris, SSVM, who prepared the mission beforehand. Without them, it would not have been a success.

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