• 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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Our Youth Festivals Around the World: a Privileged Apostolate

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And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him …(Mark 10:21a).  This encounter between the rich young man and Jesus Christ repeats itself down the ages. Young people desire great things, bold endeavors, and “fighting the fight worth fighting.”  The Church has the responsibility to be the loving gaze of Christ towards them, and […]

Gearing Up for Summer 2015

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Right now we stand at a key juncture in both the academic year as well as the liturgical year.  Everywhere there is a change in our activities, a time to rest from studies and to enjoy some vacation from work and to engage in new occupations. The Lord’s Ascension marks the end of His incarnational bodily […]

Celebrating Two New Saints from the Middle East

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Among the four women religious canonized by Pope Francis on May 17, we wish to highlight St. Marie Alfonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927) born in Jerusalem, and St. Mary of Jesus Crucified Baourdy (1846-1878) born in Ibellin (Nazareth).  These two new Arab saints exemplify the shining light of holiness of the 19th Century Christian community in the Holy […]

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Who We Are

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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)."

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Discernment

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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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