The Fulton Sheen House of Formation had the great blessing of welcoming the General Superior of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, Fr. Carlos Walker, on his first visit to the United States as head of our religious congregation. Elected in 2010, Fr. Walker is the second General Superior of the Institute, succeeding Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, our Institute’s founder, and a member of the Institute’s original class. Although this visit is his first as General Superior, Fr. Walker is not unfamiliar with the States; 1989 found him in St. Gabriel’s Parish, Brooklyn, New York as one of the first IVE missionaries to this country, and the first Provincial Superior of the Province of the Immaculate Conception.
With his plane touching down on Monday, October 17th, Fr. Walker has kept a non-stop schedule, meeting bishops, speaking to the priests of the Institute, and presiding at various Masses, including the Feast of Bl. Pope John Paul II, during which many of the seminarians of the IVE either made or renewed their vows. These seminarians also had the privilege of Fr. Walker’s presence for three days during the Co-Patronal Feast of the Martyrs of Daimiel before he left to preach a five-day series of Spiritual Exercises for many of the priests of the province. Following the Exercises, Fr. Walker continued his visit throughout the province, visiting our foundations in Philadelphia and others.
Fr. Walker’s presence these several weeks has been and continues to be a great honor for our Province. We give Fr. Walker many thanks for this visit and commend him to Our Lord that He may continue to grant our General Superior wisdom and every blessing through our Heavenly Mother’s intercession as he continues to lead us, our Province, and our Institute in doing the will of God. Our Lady of Luján, pray for us!
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