• 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
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In the Footsteps of Christ Today


“Let us leave behind the examples from times of old, and come to those who struggled closest to us; let us consider the noble models of our own generation.” These compelling words come to us from the Office of Readings for today’s feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, June 30 (a […]

Happy Father’s Day!


To all our fathers who have given us life, supported us over the years, and have led us to know God, we send out a great “Happy Father’s Day”! The divine fatherhood is the source of human fatherhood (Cf. Eph 3:14); this is the foundation of the honor owed to parents. The respect of children, […]

The Eucharist at the Center of Our Lives

Holy Mass in the Convent Chapel

As the whole Church celebrates the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we are invited to turn our gaze to the mystery and gift of the Eucharist, Jesus who stays with us in His Body and Blood until the end of the world.  St. John Paul the Great crowned his pontificate with the encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia […]

In Persona Christi: the Renewal of the Priesthood in Time


On Saturday May 30th, our Religious Family celebrated with great joy the ordination of four new priests of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), Fr. Juan Pablo Palacio, IVE, Fr. Nathaniel Dryer, IVE, Fr. Fernando Flores, IVE and Fr. William Duraney, IVE (Fr. Nicholas Cabrera, a fifth priest of their group, had been ordained […]


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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