Priests, consecrated religious, and third order laity working to Prolong the Incarnation of The WORD in every man and in every culture.
Members of the Institute of the Incarnate Word are by essence “missionary” and “Marian”. The WORD was Incarnate first through Mary, and through Mary He will become Incarnate in every man.
Outside the Holy Mass, an IVE Priest also manifests the Institute’s devotion to the Holy Eucharist through daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The specific charism of our Institute requires all its members to work in supreme docility to the Holy Spirit and according to the example of the Virgin Mary, so that Jesus Christ will be the Lord of all that is truly human, even in the most difficult situations and under the most adverse conditions.
This charism is the grace to know how to work concretely so as to extend the presence of Christ in families, education, the mass media, the scholarly, and in all other legitimate manifestations of human life. It is the gift of making each person “like a new Incarnation of the Word” (Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity), thus fulfilling our essential call to be missionaries and Marian.
Since the province’s foundation in 1989, the apostolic labors of bringing its cultures to Christ have been carried out with that which has marked the IVE from the beginning: The prolonging of Christ’s Incarnation by their testimony of life, the reverent & dignified celebration of the Holy Mass, docility to the Magisterium, fidelity to St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings, apostolic zeal, authentic joy, and a filial slavery of love to Mary.
On March 25th, 1984, the day that Pope John Paul II consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Msgr. Leon Kruk, Bishop of San Rafael in Mendoza, Argentina, approved the foundation of the Institute of the Incarnate Word.