Day of Celebration Around the World
On March 19, 2013 we celebrated 25 years since the foundation of our institute, the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, female branch of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word.
Priests and seminarians of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), members of our Third Order as well as family and friends were united with us throughout the world in the Holy Mass on that day to give thanks to God through the intercession of St. Joseph.
A New Successor of St. Peter for the Whole Church
The feast was doubled by the joy of the whole Church in welcoming our new Holy Father, Pope Francis to the Chair of Peter on the same day.
For this reason in Rome, our sisters celebrated on the 18th of March, accompanied by a number of cardinals and bishops whose presence affirmed our desire to be true “daughters of the Church” (St. Teresa of Jesus).
Message of Our General Superior for the Twenty-fifth Anniversary
Mother Maria de Anima Christi Van Eijk, our General Superior, issued a circular letter to all our members in honor of the occasion: Letter of M. Anima Christi in Spanish also the Letter of M. Anima Christi in English (available as an embedded PDF at the bottom of the page).
Images and Links to Some of the Celebrations Around the World, Feast of St. Joseph
In Argentina, fifteen sisters made their final vows in the Cathedral of San Rafael; click here to go to their Facebook page of photos. Families, Third Order members, and the children and elderly from our works of mercy were all part of the celebration.
Five sisters also took their final vows in Brazil during the 25th Anniversary Mass at our Monastery of St. Gianna Berreta Molla. Three of those professing were cloistered contemplative sisters living at the monastery. Sisters from around the Province of Our Lady of Aparecida were able to be together for the celebration.
Northern Europe: the Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Lithuania
From the website of the Province of Northern Europe, there are articles in English about the celebrations at the Monastery “Ecce Homo” in Valkenburg, the Netherlands; as well as the celebration of our sisters in Ireland; the honors to St. Joseph in Iceland; and finally the events in honor of our anniversary held in Lithuania.
Our Byzantine sisters in Ukraine celebrated at the Monastery in Burshtyn for March 19th. In April within the 25th anniversary celebration, four Byzantine Servidoras made their perpetual vows near Ivano-Frankisvk.
Later in April they continued the celebration together with members of the Third Order and other friends by offering a concert and presentation at the Ivano-Frankisvk Philharmonic in thanksgiving for 25 years of our missionary community.
United States of America, Canada, Guyana, Suriname
In our Province, we were able to gather almost all of the sisters in Washington for the celebration on March 19th. During the Mass, Sister Sacro Monte, a missionary from Argentina serving in Pennsylvania, made her final vows at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
In the Middle East, in Africa, and in Asia
And in many of our most difficult missions around the world especially in the Middle East, in Africa, and in Asia, our sisters also gathered in their missions to give thanks to God for the gift of our community, and especially to thank our dear patron, St. Joseph, for all of the times he has interceded for our spiritual and material needs.
A Deep Spirit of Thanksgiving for Twenty-five Years: 1988-2013
Please join us a prayer of thanksgiving for all the graces that we have received, and for many holy missionary vocations to join us in “prolonging the Incarnation” through the evangelization of culture.
Our Beginnings: The Religious Family of the Incarnate Word
In 1984, Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela founded the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) in the Diocese of San Rafael in Argentina where the local bishop, His Excellency Bishop Leon Kruk, had given permission for this new religious order of missionary priests. Founded on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word was born to live out the charism of “prolonging the Incarnation of the Word” in the Church through the evangelization of culture.
A Branch of Sisters
In 1987, Fr. Buela took the first steps to consider the foundation of a women’s institute. Some young women had already expressed the desire to consecrate their lives to God in the same spirit of sacrifice and missionary zeal they saw in the Institute of the Incarnate Word. In October a group of young women began to meet with Fr. Buela at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, the first parish given to the IVE in San Rafael. In order to begin the foundation, we needed a house where the candidates could live. To obtain a house, the future sisters began a thirty day prayer to St. Joseph, and in January 1988 a family in San Rafael donated a farmhouse so that the new order could begin.
Under the Patronage of Saint Joseph
On the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1988, Father Buela founded the Institute of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará in a Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Kruk and concelebrated by Fr. Buela, IVE priests, and diocesan clergy. The Mass was held in the olive groves of the newly donated farm in order to accommodate all who had come to witness the beginnings of our order.
The first investiture of habits occurred on September 17, 1988 in the Cathedral of San Rafael, in San Rafael, Argentina. When Bishop Kruk visited the convent on September 28, he gave each sister a Cross of Matará, replicas of a cross carved in 1594 by a native convert of the tribe of Matará in Argentina to serve as a catechetical tool for spreading the Gospel within his community. The Cross became part of the habit because it illustrates our charism, the evangelization of culture, and it depicts all the mysteries of Christ. The habit was redesigned in December 1990 to include a blue scapular in place of the tau and a simplified tunic.
Short Video of our Religious Family, made by H2O News for the 25th Anniversary of the IVE in 2009