From the Province

March for Life & IVE Winter Youth Festival

IVE priests, seminarians, religious and youth, at the conclusion of the March for Life, gather for a final group photo in front of the Supreme Court.

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.

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Trip to Argentina

A group photo of some of the IVE priest and seminarians in San Rafael, Argentina with seven of the IVE priest and seminarians that travel from the USA.

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.

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Ordination of Fr. Brendan O'Rourke

Newly ordained priest, Fr. Brendan O'Rourke, of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) during the Eucharist Prayer.

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.

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Investiture of Habits

Five IVE novices, with cassock in hand, before the imposition.(At the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt).

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.

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Eight seminarians receive Minor Orders

His Excellency Bishop Knestout presiding Mass on the soleminty of the Immaculate Conception at St. John Baptist de LaSalle (left: Our Lady of Lujan)

Thursday evening, on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States and patroness of the IVE USA Province, eight IVE seminarians received minor order. Mass was presided by His Excellency, Bishop Barry Knestout, who stressed in his homily the importance in taking up the office it which they had been raised to, to develop an authentic love for the Word of God and to always be disposed for the service of the Church and her members, embracing the cross in a spirit of sacrifice.

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