• TOTUS TUUS Through Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary
  • ECCE QUAM BONUM The Joy of Community Life
  • CORPUS CHRISTI I am the Bread of Life
  • TU ES PETRUS Where Peter is, there is the Church
  • DUC IN ALTUM To take the demands of the Gospel seriously
  • SPONSA CHRISTI An oblation to God of all my being
Province of the Immaculate Conception
United States of America, Canada, Guyana And Suriname

Latest News

Sister Earns a Master’s Degree Working on St. Hildegard of Bingen


This September we congratulate Sister Maria Parousia Clemens, SSVM on successfully defending her Master’s thesis “That They Might Sing the Song of the Lamb: The Spiritual Value of Singing the Liturgy for Hildegard of Bingen” (Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) and we honor on September 17th the feast day of the newest woman to be named a Doctor of the […]

Servidoras and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Cross-of-Matara IVE

September 14th marks the Church’s celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a liturgical feast reflecting the redemptive power of the Cross and the mysterious “joy of the Cross” which lies at the heart of the Christian life.  For our community of sisters, the day also honors the Cross of Matará (from which we take […]

Pro-Life March in Guyana


As part of the door-to-door evangelization efforts of lay missionaries and priests, seminarians and sisters of our Religious Family this summer in Charity, Guyana, one day was dedicated to a formation talk about the realities of abortion followed by a pro-life march in the streets of the town. Youth and sisters prepared posters and flyers–some were even brought from the […]

To the Ends of the Earth: Lay Missionaries in Iceland


This July, nearly a dozen young adult missionaries from the Archdiocese of Washington participated in the second ever week-long popular mission in St. Joseph’s Church in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, a parish staffed by the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) and served by our sisters (SSVM). The volunteer group consisted of seminarians from the St. John […]


SSVM Around the World

Who We Are

As Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, also known by our name in Spanish, Servidoras, we are an institute of Catholic missionary sisters dedicated to prolonging the Incarnation of the Word through the evangelization of culture. We were founded in 1988 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, IVE and belong to the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. We wish to take seriously the demands of the Gospel in going "to make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:18) as modern missionaries. We seek to fulfill our religious vocation to be Spouses of Christ by living deeply the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. We wear a distinctive blue and grey habit as a sign of our total consecration to God and as a living symbol of the mystery of the Incarnation—blue representing the divinity of Christ, and grey the humanity of Christ. Our bright blue scapulars are also a way to honor the Virgin Mary, to whom we are consecrated in a fourth vow of Marian slavery of love according to St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. We take new religious names which are all titles of Our Lady as a way to keep her before us always as the model of our religious life and the sure guide to bring us always closer to her Divine Son. To sum up in the words of our foundational text (#7 of Constitutions): "We want to be founded in Jesus Christ who has come in the flesh (1 Jn 4:2), and only in Christ, and always in Christ. We want Christ to be in everything and in all, and all of Christ, because the Rock is Christ (Cf. 1 Cor 10:4.), and no other foundation can anyone lay (1 Cor 3:11)."



If you are discerning a vocation to religious life, you can come to know the Lord's will for you more easily by spending time in prayer and seeking out daily mass often. Try www.masstimes.org to help you find the schedule of masses close to your school or work. Mass in a quiet, out of the way chapel allows us to pause from our busy activities and to have the sacramental intimacy with Jesus in the Eucharist which is needed in order to hear what God is trying to say to us. This website also can show you where Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are available. Spending time in silence before Our Lord in the Eucharist is one of the most important parts of the the discernment experience. Servidoras and women religious throughout the Church can attest that it was there that He clarified, strengthened, and confirmed the plans He had for them.

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