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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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    Many families and friends were present for the celebration. The Mass was offered by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in the crypt church at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Visitors came from a wide range of places – some from as close as Virginia and others from Connecticut, Iowa, Wyoming, and California.

    The IVE Constitutions praise the religious vows and highlight 4 advantages to their profession. First, they help us to live our baptismal grace in the most effective way. Secondly, they resemble martyrdom, since one dies to the world in order to unite themselves to Christ. Thirdly, the vows constitute a total gift and true holocaust of oneself, and finally the person becomes a sacred and consecrated person destined for divine worship.”

    Speaking to those who received their new habits, Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., offered insightful words in his homily. He encouraged the brothers to wear their habit with pride and make a sincere effort to give everything to God. He noted that “the black robe is not just a piece of cloth but a way of life”, echoing the words of St. John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation, Vita Consecrata, who said “the habit is a sign of consecration, poverty and membership in a particular Religious Family.”

    The cassock had been abandoned in recent times, but many people are re-discovering the usefulness of this visible sign. Msgr Pope, a well-known Catholic writer and priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, says the cassock is a bit like something relegated to the attic by one generation…and brought down like a treasure by the next.” The cassock has always been a distinctive sign for the IVE religious family. St. John Paul II and Vatican II both recommend its usefulness and the IVE has always taken great joy in wearing the religious habit.

    Following the Mass, the celebration continued at the parish of St. John Baptist de La Salle. The Brothers served milanesa and many of the Priests, Brothers, and Sisters sang various songs after dinner. The final song of the feast was a song to Our Lady which was offered by the 25 visiting minor seminarians who were in town from St. José Sánchez del Río High School Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota.

    Vita Consecrata #25

    Cons. 49-52

    Msgr. POPE, Charles;


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