On June 1, 2011, four members of the Institute of the Incarnate Word pronounced their perpetual vows: Miguel Córdova, Octavio Cortez, Juan Pablo Domínguez, and Mario Flores.
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The profession of perpetual vows entails a lifelong commitment to embrace the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to constitutions of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. In addition, our members make a fourth vow of Marian slavery, according to the spirituality of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort.
The “Father” of our religious family Blessed John Paul II notes that “the special vocation of missionaries ‘for life’ retains all its validity: it is the model of the Church's missionary commitment, which always stands in need of radical and total self-giving, of new and bold endeavors” (Encyclical Redemptoris missio, 66).
The professions took place during a Mass celebrated at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, located in Washington, D.C. Fr. Gustavo Nieto, I.V.E., Provincial Superior of the Province of the Immaculate Conception was the chief celebrant and during the homily he spoke about the nature of perpetual vows comparing it to a kind of martyrdom.
We thank God for the gift of these young men who have vowed to dedicate their life to inculturate the Gospel wherever they are needed.
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