• 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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Lent 2018 and Our Baptismal Promises

Ash-Wednesday

Once again the Church calendar has brought us to Lent, the season of repentance, the season “in the desert.”  We have received ashes this past Wednesday with one of the admonitions concerning our mortality and our need to return to the Lord: “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember you are dust, and to […]

Marching for Life in 2018

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We give thanks to God for the energy, youth and hope at this year’s March for Life on January 19, 2018, one week ago today. While the March principally serves as a civil demonstration against the Roe vs. Wade ruling which legalized abortion in 1973, it has also become an encounter for people from all […]

Come and See 2018: A Weekend for Those Discerning

Come and See 2018 video

We are hosting a “Come and See” discernment retreat for young women ages 18-35 in Washington, DC from March 23-25, 2018. The event offers participants a chance to visit a convent, to spend time with the sisters, and to have talks related to prayer, discernment, and our charism and history.  Each day’s schedule includes time […]

Welcoming in 2018 with Gratitude for 2017

Our missionary sisters with Our Lady of Fatima in Aleppo, Syria on May 13, 2017.

Happy New Year!  And a blessed Solemnity of Mary Mother of God!As we gathered to welcome in the New Year of 2018, we also paused in prayer and reflection to give thanks for the many graces we have received in this past year. We offer here the circular letter written by Mother Mary of the […]

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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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