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  • Family Day

    UPDATE, Family Day has been moved to Sunday, May 8th, due to stormy weather.

    1714 Crain Hwy,
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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  • Youth Festival

    Join youth from various parishes in the 15th annual IVE Youth Festival. View More
  • Universitas

    Take part in this year's IVE Universitas, a summer Catholic formation program for college students and young adults. View More
  • From the Missions

    Read more about the IVE mission in Taiwan where a Pro-Life Office was recently opened. The island has one of the highest abortion rates per capita in the world.
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  • Spiritual Exercises

    The next retreat will be June 3rd-5th for both men and women in English. Follow the link to find out more! View More
  • Ordinations

    This year's Ordination of the priests and deacons will take place on May 28th at 2:00 PM in the Upper Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Vocations

    Information about what makes an IVE priest, discerning a vocation with the Institute of the Incarnate Word, our formation program and more. View More
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About Us

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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    Mission Volunteers

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    IVE Press

    Order books in English and Spanish published by the IVE. View More

    High School Seminary

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    Provincial News

    • Cornelio Fabro Symposium

      Three priests sit at the Introductory Panel: Fr. Nathaniel Dreyer, IVE, Fr. Gianluca Trombini, IVE, and Fr. Joseph Henchey, CSS.

      From April 1st – 2nd, the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), in conjunction with Catholic University of America School of Philosopy (CUA), was pleased to host a first-ever symposium on the life and writings of Fr. Cornelio Fabro, the Stigmatine priest from Italy whose passion for philosophy led to a prolific writer throughout the course of the twentieth century. The event was held in Aquinas Hall on the campus of CUA; present throughout were family members (including a niece and cousin) and contemporaries of Fabro such as Fr. Joseph Henchey, a fellow Stigmatine and student of the Italian cleric.

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    • Solemnity of the Annunciation

      His Excellency Bishop John Quinn preaches at the Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation that he celebrated in Washington, DC with the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word.

      On April 4th, together with the Universal Church, the Institute celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The Solemnity of the Annunciation has a particular significance for the Institute, as it marked the thirty-second anniversary of its foundation by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela in San Rafael, Argentina. (Technically the IVE was founded on March 25th, 1984, but because the 25th fell on Good Friday this year, the actual celebration of the solemnity was moved to April 4th.) This year commemorates not only the thirty-second anniversary of the order’s foundation, but also its twenty-seventh year in the United States.

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    • Thomistic Studies Week: Why we study St. Thomas Aquinas

      An IVE seminarian of the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation presents his paper during the 2016 Thomistic Studies Week.

      From March 8th-11th, the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation hosted its annual Thomistic Studies week; this year’s topic was on human freedom. Seminarians and priests from the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) as well as sisters from the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (SSVM) gathered together for a series of presentations covering an extensive range of philosophers, each of which related in some way to the topic of freedom as defined by Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great “Angelic Doctor” of the Church. After the seminarians, priests, and sisters gave their presentations, all were graced with the presence of several guest speakers: Dr. Joseph Atkinson of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Fr. Mark Pilon of Christendom College, Fr. Thomas White, OP, of the Dominican House of Studies, and His Excellency the Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore. The week closed with a Mass celebrated by His Excellency.

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