The announcement of the beatification of John Paul II scheduled for May 1st was finally made on January 14th. We have always had a great reverence and affection for Pope John Paul II since our beginnings in 1988 under his pontificate. So many of us were encouraged in our religious vocations and in our missionary zeal by his example and his closeness to young people everywhere.

Fr. Buela, our founder, has always called him the “spiritual father” of our Religious Family, carefully noting that the Institute of the Incarnate Word began on March 25, 1984, the same day that the pope consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in conjunction with all the bishops of the world.

After the Sacred Scriptures themselves, the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and Canon Law, the most cited single author in our Constitutions and Directory of Spirituality is John Paul II through his prolific encyclicals, exhortations, homilies, addresses and letters. Thank you, John Paul the Great!