In Memoriam: M. Maria Mater Mundi Salvatoris (1980-2017)

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The Lord has called one of our young missionary sisters to Himself.  Mother Maria Mater Mundi Salvatoris Quizhpe Cuenca, SSVM, aged 36, was the local superior of our community in Mexico which cares for elderly diocesan priests.  She died in Mérida, Mexico in the early hours of January 10, 2017 following a brain aneurysm on […]

Editor’s Picks: Top Articles of 2016

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In thanksgiving to God for the past year of digital apostolate, we highlight some of the top articles which our new readers might like to see, and our old readers might remember, re-read or pass on!  Happy 2017 to all! Sr. Maria Theotokos, SSVM Editor of ssvmusa.org 2016 and the Year of Mercy Thanking the […]

Rejoice! A Savior is Born for Us Today!

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The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you […]

Investiture of Habit: Clothed with Grace and Salvation

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Together with the whole universal Church, our Religious Family celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th with a mass at the St John Baptiste de la Salle Parish, seat of the Fulton Sheen House of Formation, the Seminary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE).  We were honored to have Bishop […]

Now Available! Monastery Christmas Cards and Catholic Books for Gifts

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Sorry!  2016 Christmas cards are no longer available!  Check back next fall! Once again, our contemplative sisters have prepared Christmas cards and enrollment in the Christmas novena.  For more information: see their Christmas card page. Thank you for supporting monastic life in the middle of Brooklyn! To give Catholic books this Christmas, visit IVE Press.  A […]

RISE Bay Area Conference 2016: Young Adult, Youth and Families

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Our Religious Family in Santa Clara, California hosted the 2nd Annual RISE Bay Area at the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace from November 4 – 5, 2016. With special events for Catholic Young Adults, a day for Youth, and talks for Adults: Parents, Teachers, Catechists, the RISE Bay Area 2016 seeks to provide a setting where questions about life’s […]

A Story of Our Sisters in Aleppo: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Missile that Didn’t Explode in the Carmelites’ Garden Next-door

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Mother Laudis Gloriae, SSVM, superior of the house of the sisters of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word in Aleppo, sent us the following news this week. “On Saturday in the evening (October 22, 2016), we were in the chapel of our house where we were participating in the Holy Mass presided by Fr. […]

Recent Videos about Our Sisters

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Over the past few months a variety of media services have produced videos related to our sisters: perpetual vows in Washington, DC, highlight on vocations from Western Massachusetts, church tour of the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Brooklyn, and a keynote address at the GIVEN Forum.  We share them here with you — enjoy! […]

Thinking about Catholic Culture: Featured Fall 2016 Exhibits

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So as for you not to miss out, we wished to highlight a few exhibits this fall at various museums and shrines which touch on Catholic culture.  Naturally, there are other surrounding influences which form the context and background of these various exhibits.  However, in each one we can find salient aspects born from and nourished […]

Cloistered Missionary Contemplatives: Feast of Saint Thérèse and Sr. Regina Pacis Enters the Monastery

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Today the whole Church celebrates the great feast of a Doctor of the Church, a Virgin, and the Co-Patroness of the Missions: Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.  We have dedicated a “Catholic Culture” page to her on this website where you can find resources to learn more about her life and teachings […]

Update from Our Sisters in Academics: Mary Un-Tier of Knots and Medieval Liturgical Rites of Consecrated Life

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We honor two of our sisters whose hidden apostolate in academics is making news! Mary Un-Tier of Knots in her Patristic Context  We congratulate  Sister Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM on the publication of her first academic article:  “Mary as Un-tier and Tier of Knots: Irenaeus Reinterpreted” in the current issue of the Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume 24, Number […]

Summer 2016 Highlights: May and June

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The summer has just a few more short weeks left as we begin to look back with gratitude for the many special apostolates we were able to participate in across the country.  In this first of two posts, we look at the beautiful opportunities we had to serve families, youth and young adults during May and June. May 2016 The […]

World Youth Day Pilgrimage in Poland Begins!

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The IVE World Youth Day (WYD) Pilgrimage 2016 has begun!  Groups have been travelling through the night and arriving in Poland all day (Day 1). From the official days meeting with Pope Francis in Poland from July 26-31, the IVE pilgrim group will travel through Europe to Rome visiting shrines along the way.  Nearly 200 youth from […]

New IVE General Superior and General Council

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In Italy, the IVE General Chapter have completed their elections for the new general government.  Fr. Gustavo Nieto, IVE is the new general superior of the Institute of the Incarnate Word.  He will lead the community together with a general council.  Read more (in English) and see photos and find daily updates from the Chapter (text in Spanish). […]

Our New General Superior and General Council

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One of the principle responsibilities of a general chapter is to elect and confirm the general superior and general council of a congregation.  We are so grateful for the news of our new general superior and council! General Superior: Mother Maria Corredentora Rodríguez, SSVM (Argentina) Vicar General: M. Mary of the Sacred Heart Gaes (USA) […]

New On-Line: “Pray with Us” and “Photos of the Week”

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The contemporary digital forum allows us not only to keep up with news of our own missionary priests and sisters around the world, but also to provide our friends and families with opportunities as well. “Pray with Us”: Two General Chapters This summer both branches of our Religious Family (IVE and SSVM) are holding General Chapters […]

IV Ordinary General Chapter Opens in Rome

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Dear All: With great joy, we announce that we have a new website for the General Chapter of the Servants of the Lord and Virgin of Matará. You can follow the news, view photos and videos at www.servidorasinfo.org(link is external) The inauguration of the General Chapter took place today, Saturday, June 18, with the celebration of […]

The Story of Our Lady of Lujan, a Chasuble, and a ‘Special Grace’: a Photo Essay

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Our international missionary news website in English, www.instituteoftheincarnateword.org, featured a story at the close of May that happened right here in one of our local convents last year: “The Story of Our Lady of Lujan, a Chasuble, and a ‘Special Grace’ in the Province of the Immaculate Conception: a Photo Essay”. This article and the photos tell it […]

Under Mary’s Mantle: News from the War in Syria

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Sub Tuum praesidium confugimus…”beneath your mantle we take refuge…” During this month of May the whole Church turns to Our Lady.  We honor her, we bring her flowers, we sing to her, we recall her maternal care for us.  She accompanies the faithful in great occasions: First Communions, graduations, ordinations…even in wartime. In Syria, our […]

Spiritual Exercises for Young Adults June 3-5, 2016

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The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises will be offered for young adult men and women (18-35) at our retreat center in the Catskill Mountains (Upstate New York) Friday, June 3 to Sunday June 5, 2016. This classic silent retreat is a walk through the mysteries of the Christian faith as applied to our real life situations and the […]

Supporting a Culture of Vocations: Come and See 2016

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Our 5th Annual “Come and See” Retreat (April 8-10) welcomed 28 young women from across the country to our Juniorate House in Washington, DC.   The event included Mass, Adoration and the Liturgy of the Hours together as well as informal moments of shared meals. On Saturday, two talks were offered in the morning: one on […]

Our Uncle Steve: in memoriam

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Today, April 19, 2016, marks the one year anniversary of the death of one of our great friends, benefactors, and — to all our Religious Family — “our Uncle”: Steve Miola. He is known by his works even to those who never met him.  His art has been seen by those who have visited our convents, […]

In the News: from Web to Print, “Way of Beauty”, and Upcoming UN Congress in New York on Religious Freedom

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We wish to share some recent info and links from our Religious Family “in the news.” From Web to Print Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola’s reflection on Wassim, a disabled child from our home in Bethlehem, appeared in print in this last week’s L’Osservatore Romano English Edition, the newspaper of the Vatican! First appearing as a […]

Theater and Youth Ministry in Canada

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The greatness of youth is never to be underestimated!  Despite the propensity for striking a pose of disinterest, utter boredom, or aggravated ennui, teenagers actually love creativity, service and working together. Speaking to youth in Toronto World Youth Day 2002, St John Paul II affirmed: “People are made for happiness. Rightly, then, you thirst for happiness. […]

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

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He is Risen!  He is truly risen!  Together with the faithful around the world, we celebrate the victory over sin and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  May you and your family experience the joy of this victory.  Alleluia, Alleluia! Pope Francis’ celebrations at the Vatican are broadcast streaming on Vatican YouTube and reported in Vatican’s […]

Anniversaries and the Paschal Mystery: Institute of the Incarnate Word (1984-2016) and Servants of the Lord (1988-2016)

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Lent, Holy Week, the Paschal Mystery…and our anniversaries!  This is part of our annual March experience of fasting, thanksgiving, and prayer in our Religious Family. On the Feast of St Joseph, March 19, 2016 we celebrate the 28th anniversary of our foundation as the Institute of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of […]

Philosophy and Missionaries: “What has Athens to do with Iceland, Tanzania and Peru?”

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At first glance it might appear rather strange that missionaries like those of us in the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word (IVE) would commit so much time to philosophy studies, philosophy conferences, and even full-time editing and publications of philosophical works. After all, if a priest is going to serve in an inner-city parish in Philadelphia […]

News from our Mission in Avondale, PA: Visit from St Gianna Beretta Molla’s Daughter and an Award for the Catechetical Program

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Our sisters in Avondale, Pennsylvania (Archdiocese of Philadelphia) have been serving the Hispanic community alongside Msgr. Frank Depman for twenty years.  What began as a grassroots outreach initiated by Msgr. Depman and the IHM Sisters in the early 1990’s, the “Mision Santa Maria” grew to include not only Mass in Spanish in local parishes but […]

Lent 2016: Mercy Begins at Home

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In a Lenten blog in 2014 we looked at the words of St John Chrysostom in the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours about “getting our house in order”: “Practice prayer from the beginning.  Paint your house with the colors of modesty and humility.  Make it radiant with the light of justice. […]

Thanking the Birth Mother for Her Works of Mercy

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The 2016 March for Life was a snowy, scaled-down, but spirited demonstration through eerily empty government buildings and museums (closed by the  “state of emergency” declared in anticipation of the blizzard).  More photos and follow-up to come. In the quiet shut-in winter days that followed I have been thinking more and more about the experience of the […]

Welcoming 2016 and the Gift of Monastic Vocations

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On January 1, 2016 the whole Church celebrated the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God as the world rang in the New Year.  Many members of our Province had the great joy of gathering at the historic Precious Blood Monastery in Brooklyn where our contemplative sisters of the Monastery of St. Edith Stein were blessed […]

Merry Christmas in the Year of Mercy!

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Christ the Lord is born for us in Bethlehem!  Merry Christmas to All! In this Year of Mercy, we have dressed our Infant Jesus as a priest hearing confessions.  For He, the High Priest, has come with love to reconcile us to the Father, a mission He continues to exercise through the ministry of His […]

GIVEN 2016 – Catholic Young Women Leadership Forum

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This coming summer from June 7-12, 2016 the GIVEN Forum will offer a first-of-its-kind event for young Catholic lay women (ages 20-30). Held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, the GIVEN Forum is a fully endowed, week long immersion in faith formation, leadership training and networking. The Forum will provide a platform for what St. […]

February 2016: Spiritual Exercises in Washington, DC

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Registration is now open for the classic directed silent retreat, the Spiritual Exercises, held at the Juniorate House of Studies in Washington, DC for women over Presidents’ Day Weekend, Friday, February 12 – Monday, February 15, 2016.  Spiritual Exercises Flyer February 2016 What are the “Spiritual Exercises”? St. Ignatius of Loyola, 16th century founder of […]

A Time of Grace: Celebrating our 5th Provincial Chapter

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From Sunday, November 15 to Thursday, November 19, we gathered to hold the 5th Provincial Chapter  at the Provincial House in Washington, DC. The members of our Provincial Council along with all the local superiors and some elected delegates formed the body of the Chapter. We were so grateful to have the presence of the […]

First Profession in the Year of Consecrated Life

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With great joy we witnessed ten sisters profess their first vows and over twenty sisters renew their temporal vows during a Mass on November 3rd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  Family and friends came from around the country to pray with us.  We were especially blessed […]

Registration is Open for our Come and See in April 2016

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 Our 2016 “Come and See” retreat for women ages 18 – 35 will be held in Washington, DC: Friday, April 8 at 5:00pm – Sunday, April 10, 2016 3:00pm. On-line registration for the 2016 Come and See is open: click here. Individuals or groups interested in visiting our community before the next scheduled discernment retreat are welcome to contact […]

Walking With Francis: First Days in Washington, DC

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¡Viva el Papa!  We share with you some photos and a taste of our joy at welcoming Pope Francis in Washington during his first days here in the United States.  We will shortly share more of our experience from New York and Philadelphia as his visit continues. NOTE: Streaming video and highlights of past events (“video on demand”) […]

Saint Matthew, Pope Francis and the Venerable Bede

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Early on in his pontificate, Pope Francis shared his great affection for St. Matthew since it was on his feast day, September 21, 1953 that the young Bergolio experienced the strong call to be a priest after going to confession. Recently when he was asked about this experience he said: “You asked me to share […]

Sponsa Christi: Eleven Perpetual Vows in the Province

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Veni, Sponsa Christi! “Come Spouse of Christ!” We have the great joy of celebrating the perpetual vows of eleven sisters in our Province this fall during the Year of Consecrate Life.  Some sisters have come home from the foreign missions to profess in the company of their family and friends, while others are currently missionaries in […]

The Parents Behind Religious Vocations

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Yesterday, September 8, the Church celebrated the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Dawn of Salvation.   Many homilies and reflections for this feast day draw us back to those who prepared the way for Jesus through the birth of His Immaculate Mother: Saints Anne and Joachim. For, behind every vocation there stand the […]

The Most Important Item of Clothing in Your Wardrobe

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Getting ready to go back to school, to start a new job, to meet another autumn?  What is the most important item of clothing in your wardrobe?  The most versatile?  The one which feels most like “yourself”? What is that single item of clothing that gives you confidence when you wear it and makes you […]

Reflections on Belonging to a Missionary Family

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While what each one of us does from day to day may be small and insignificant, there is a wonderment in belonging to a missionary religious family where epic works of God are being carried out around the world all the time.  The fact of consecrated souls honoring God and daily coming before Him in […]

Saint Edith Stein and the Monastery of the Precious Blood: A New Video about Our Contemplatives

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Founded in Brooklyn in 1998, the Monastery of St. Edith Stein is a community of our contemplative sisters under the patronage of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta a Cruce, OCD) (1891-1942) whose feast day is August 9th. Since 2012 our contemplatives have been in residence at the historic Monastery of the Precious Blood of the Sister […]

Saints of August: Closing Out Summer In Good Company

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The Universal Church celebrates a number of wonderful saints and special feasts throughout August: St. John Vianney, the Transfiguration, St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Assumption and the Queenship, St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Pius X, St. Monica and St. Augustine (and more!). Though there are still summer days of rest and family time ahead, many of us […]

Summer Mission in Silicon Valley

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Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8) Every parish mission has the same goal: to live out the missionary mandate of Christ in the Gospels, working for conversions and for a renewal of the faith. In Santa Clara, California Our Lady of Peace Parish and Shrine held its first parish mission this […]

Registration is Open for Spiritual Exercises on Labor Day Weekend

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“Those who live the Exercises in an authentic way experience the attraction and the appeal of God, and return renewed, transformed in ordinary life, bringing with them the fragrance of Christ.” Pope Francis before beginning his annual Spiritual Exercises Women are invited to the Spiritual Exercises offered in English or Spanish over Labor Day Weekend, […]

Summer Course on Gregorian Chant at CUA

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“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.” Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), #112 Our […]

In the Footsteps of Christ Today

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“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 […]

The Eucharist at the Center of Our Lives

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

Save the Date! Upcoming Events in 2015 and 2016

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We wish to share some upcoming events for the spring and summer months, as well as two important papal events: World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 and World Youth Day in Warsaw in Summer 2016.  Save the date! MAY 2015 A Concert in Honor of the Year of Consecrated Life: “Ecce Sponsus: […]

He is Risen, Alleluia!

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But at daybreak on the first day of the week [the women] took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men […]

Reflections for the Triduum: Intimate Days with Christ

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The Universal Church gathers throughout the world for these days of the Triduum, learning how to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, turning our gaze to His suffering and victory, and simply “staying close” to Him as He brings about the mystery of our Redemption. “[The Cross] was the pulpit of the Preacher, the altar of […]

Thanksgiving for the Lenten Mission in the Bronx

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As Lent comes to a close, let us look back at our own journey of conversion and repentance in these past forty days.  We share this reflection of thanksgiving for the graces during the Lenten mission in the Bronx in these days of graces following closely the steps of Our Lord to the Cross and […]

St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582) at work in the 1920’s: the Conversions of St. Edith Stein and Servant of God Dorothy Day

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Happy Birthday to Saint Teresa of Jesus, the great Carmelite saint of Avila! Born today five-hundred years ago on March 28, 1515, she let God make her into a true instrument for His Glory as a reformer, spiritual author, and Doctor of the Church.  Her strength of character, humor and penetrating insight has made her […]

What are you doing this summer?

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Would you like to consider the many lay missionary opportunities available with our Religious Family according to your schedule and our mission availability? If you have some open time this summer and a desire to give of yourself in service to Christ and His Church, applications are still being accepted for placements of lay missionaries for summer […]

Reflections of Consecrated Life in the Arts

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During the Year of Consecrated Life, we wish to highlight some instances of how artists, playwrights, and poets have been inspired by the witness of religious.  The arts have thus often become venues for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to reflect on the mystery of men and women who have given their lives “to bear witness […]

Unity with Persecuted Christians This Lenten Season

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On January 25th at the close of the Week of Christian Unity, Pope Francis described the surge of violence against Christians as an occasion for an “ecumenism of blood” which unites all those who follow Christ whether Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. Three weeks later, on February 18th Catholics gathered for Ash Wednesday just days after learning […]

Sunday, February 8th: Open House “Day with Religious”

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On Sunday, February 8th convents across the country are opening their doors to visitors as part of the “Day with Religious” initiative for the Year of Consecrated Life.  Neighbors and parishioners are invited to visit the convents open in their diocese as a way to learn more about religious life and to share time with […]

Beauty, Art and Finding God

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We recently enjoyed a workshop on “Basics of Art Appreciation: Foundations of Color and Composition” at the Juniorate in Washington.  The two presenting sisters discussed the elements that contribute to visual art: chiaroscuro, the color wheel, patterns of contrast and complimentary. They did demonstrations of various techniques and how to care for your brushes, etc. […]

Christ is Born! Rejoice!

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…The shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15b We who have heard the announcement of the birth of Christ–not from an angelic choir but from the Church’s Sacred Scripture and Tradition–should also “go […]

First Professions and Investitures in the Caribbean

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In the most southern outpost of our Province, two sisters made their first vows and two others received the holy habit in the Cathedral of Paramaribo, in Suriname on December 7th.  The great invitation of God’s call was heard by these young women who then discerned religious life in our Institute as Servidoras (Servants of the […]

To Be Clothed in Christ: Investiture of Habits 2014

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On December 5, 2014, we rejoiced in the investiture of the sister and brother novices of our Religious Family of the Incarnate Word as a sharing in the newly inaugurated Year of Consecrated Life (November 30 2014 – February 2, 2016).  Since this special celebration of consecrated life has at its heart the fiftieth anniversary of the Second […]

Happy Thanksgiving from Tanzania!

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We wish to share with you a beautiful Thanksgiving Day message from Sr. Victoire, one of our missionary sisters in Tanzania.  Originally from Cameroon, Sr. Victoire moved to the United States with her family as a young teenager.  She completed her high school studies in Maryland where she was very involved in her local parish, […]

Video for Come and See Discernment Retreat 2015

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“Dear brothers and sisters, with great humility, do all that you can to show that the consecrated life is a precious gift to the Church and to the world. Do not keep it to yourselves; share it, bringing Christ to every corner of [your] beloved country. Let your joy continue to find expression in your […]

Saint Willibrord and the New Evangelization in Luxembourg: Youth build a Church in Thailand and a Monastery Finds Renewal

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Through their powerful intercession and enduring example of holiness, the saints in Heaven fulfill posthumous missions here on earth, even many years after the end of their earthly lives.  Recently, St. Willibrord (658 – 739), Anglo-Saxon missionary, monk and bishop to Frisia (modern-day  Luxembourg), has shown us once again the force of this ecclesial reality […]

Summer Highlight I: Novitiate Pilgrimage to Canada

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Before the summer fades completely, we wish to share a few highlights with our readers of our summer activities.  This article includes an account of the novitiate pilgrimage to Canada, followed by a brief reflection on pilgrimage from the mistress of novices. The Pilgrimage to Canada During our community trip this year, our mistress of novices led the […]

Seven Sisters Profess Final Vows Across the Province

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Profession of perpetual vows signals a commitment to the total gift of self to the Jesus Christ in poverty, chastity and obedience forever.  Witnessing such a ceremony is always a new source of wonderment at God’s power and grace in the lives of young women, children of our times.  He asks all, and He gives […]

Sister Earns a Master’s Degree Working on St. Hildegard of Bingen

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This September we congratulate Sister Maria Parousia Clemens, SSVM on successfully defending her Master’s thesis “That They Might Sing the Song of the Lamb: The Spiritual Value of Singing the Liturgy for Hildegard of Bingen” (Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) and we honor on September 17th the feast day of the newest woman to be named a Doctor of the […]

Servidoras and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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September 14th marks the Church’s celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a liturgical feast reflecting the redemptive power of the Cross and the mysterious “joy of the Cross” which lies at the heart of the Christian life.  For our community of sisters, the day also honors the Cross of Matará (from which we take […]

Pro-Life March in Guyana

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As part of the door-to-door evangelization efforts of lay missionaries and priests, seminarians and sisters of our Religious Family this summer in Charity, Guyana, one day was dedicated to a formation talk about the realities of abortion followed by a pro-life march in the streets of the town. Youth and sisters prepared posters and flyers–some were even brought from the […]

To the Ends of the Earth: Lay Missionaries in Iceland

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This July, nearly a dozen young adult missionaries from the Archdiocese of Washington participated in the second ever week-long popular mission in St. Joseph’s Church in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, a parish staffed by the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) and served by our sisters (SSVM). The volunteer group consisted of seminarians from the St. John […]

From the Monastery: Perpetual Profession and New Sisters enter Contemplative Life

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On August 9th, feast of St. Edith Stein, Sr. Maria Mater Cruci Corde Affixa Ganzenmuller, SSVM (left) and Sr. Mary Mother of Divine Innocence Megargale, SSVM (right) professed their perpetual vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and Marian Slavery at the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Brooklyn.  His Excellency Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, […]

Registration Still Open for Labor Day Weekend Spiritual Exercises for Women: Maryland and California

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There are still openings for women who may wish to make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in English and in Spanish over Labor Day Weekend in Maryland: Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1st 2014. In Santa Clara, California, there will be Spiritual Exercises on the West Coast also offered over Labor Day Weekend (slightly […]

Praying for Peace in the Middle East: a Personal Appeal

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People of good will everywhere are called to join in praying for world peace and for an end to the extreme brutality and violence taking place in the Middle East, and spreading.  As Christians we see the open persecution of ancient communities of believers in the lands which first received the Gospel itself.  Beyond even […]

The Church Celebrates the Family

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On this Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Ann, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the whole Church recalls the gift of marriage and family in the plan of salvation.  Before there was the Holy Family of Nazareth, there was the pious couple Joachim and Ann who nurtured and instructed their little daughter Mary and […]

Summer Reading 2014: Editor’s Picks

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The list of recommended reading which follows will not suit everyone’s taste, and is not intended to be an exclusively Catholic list. Rather, it is a short list of interesting books which the editor has personally enjoyed reading and believes you may too. The concept of “summer reading” will vary with the kind of summer […]

Our Brothers on the Camino!

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A group of IVE seminarians and young lay men have set out to walk the Camino (“the Way”) this summer through France and northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela (this tourism site about the Cathedral, includes excellent “virtual tours”; UNESCO World Heritage page offers further resources). Following the footsteps of millions of pilgrims who have […]

The Gift of the Priesthood, the Gift of the Eucharist

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“For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men”. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests Presbyterorum Ordinis, 5. We rejoice at the ordination […]

Pope Francis and the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word in the Holy Land

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The whole Church has been praying and accompanying Pope Francis in his pilgrimage of peace to the Holy Land in these days.  The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem set up the official site with photos, texts, and videos of this historic visit: popefrancisholyland2014.lpj.org The missionaries of our small Religious Family serving in the region have been blessed to greet […]

Our Lady of Lujan and the Month of Mary

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Throughout the Church, May is celebrated as the “Month of Mary” with Marian processions, May crownings, and a number of liturgical Marian feast days including Our Lady of Fatima (May 13) and Our Lady of Luján (May 8). Month of Mary: Prayer for Peace Servant of God Pope Paul VI wrote an encyclical Mense Maio (1965) on the nature, purpose […]

Support for Girls’ Summer Days

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“Girls’ Summer Days” is an annual event run by our sisters for middle school and high school girls ages 10 to 17.  The majority of the girls who participate come from underprivileged homes from inner cities like East New York, East Harlem and North Philadelphia.   It is our goal to educate the girls through […]

Words from Blessed John XXIII on Becoming a Saint

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Blessed John XXIII (1881-1963) kept a spiritual diary throughout his years as a fourteen year-old minor seminarian in Bergamo, major seminarian in Rome, young priest, apostolic delegate to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, and France, patriarch of Venice and, finally, as pope.  The texts were gathered and published shortly after his death under the title Journal of […]

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

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“Nothing remains as it was before, not only in the lives of those women, but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind. Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive! He does not simply return to life; rather, he is life itself, because he is the Son of God, the […]

Gregorian Chant in California: “That all may sing!”

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Our community at Our Lady of Peace had the grace of receiving Father Robert Skeris, who came across the country to visit our music program at St. Joseph Academy this spring. Ordained in 1961, Father Skeris is the Director of the Center for Ward Method Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. […]

Come and See 2014 in Washington, DC

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The experience of a vocation is unique and indescribable, and is only perceived as a gentle breeze of the clarifying touch of grace. The vocation is a breathing of the Holy Spirit, who, at the same time as he genuinely shapes our fragile human reality, shines a new light into our hearts. He instills an […]

Resource for the Year for Consecrated Life 2015

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We rejoice to announce the completion of the ten part video series following Vita Consecrata, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope John Paul II in 1996. The last video, Vita Consecrata – 10 of 10 – Closing Prayer to Mary (1:39), allows us to return our thanksgiving to the Virgin Mary while using the […]

Events and Publications from the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR)

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Newly Redesigned Website We are a member community of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), a pontifically recognized council of Catholic sisters in the United States.  Last fall, the website of the Council (cmswr.org) underwent an upgrade making it easier to use to find upcoming vocations retreats offered by member communities, to […]

Feast of St. Joseph in Brooklyn: Our Community Anniversary and a Contemplative Makes Her Final Vows

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On March 19th we joined the Universal Church in celebrating St. Joseph, our special Heavenly Patron.  This year our celebration also marked the close of our 25th Anniversary Year since our founding on March 19, 1988 in San Rafael, Argentina. Celebrations throughout the Province also included a note of thanksgiving for the 20th Anniversary of […]

Happy One Year Anniversary Pope Francis!

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We rejoice with the Universal Church on the one-year anniversary of the installation of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, on March 19th, the Solemnity of St. Joseph! While we celebrate our Great Patron St. Joseph every year on our anniversary of foundation (March 19, 1988), this year we also gave special thanks for the gift […]

Lenten Reflection: Putting God’s Temple in Order

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During Lent we are called to follow Jesus into the desert for forty days.  By practices of prayer and penance we seek to “put our house in order”–to sweep the house of our souls–to throw away “junk” which may have just accumulated over time. We want to make our souls places which have room for […]

Video of Australian Lay Missionary Group in Papua New Guinea

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In January, a group of lay missionaries from Australia served in our mission in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Benoshi first served in PNG in 2012, and then returned in January 2014 accompanied by six other young missionaries Jack and Andrew (seminarians Holy Spirit Seminary), Bianca (St Michael’s parish), Joe and Joseph (St John Vianney’s parish) […]

New Video Series about Consecrated Life

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We are offering a ten part video series to highlight the different aspects of the religious life through the words of Blessed John Paul II’s 1996 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhoration Vita Consecrata.  Currently, five of the ten videos have been posted, the rest will be up by the end of the spring. Our hope is that these […]

News from our Missionaries in Syria

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While much of the US has been experiencing mid-February snowstorms, it seemed fitting to share the January posting on S.O.S. Christians in Syria from our missionaries in Aleppo  during a rare Middle Eastern snowstorm.  They describe the momentary silence and “forgetfulness” of war that the snow brought.  Read the post “Even the most difficult needs that these people face […]

New Website from Rome as Part of Our 25th Anniversary Celebration

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As our 25th Anniversary year celebrations draw to a close this coming Feast of St. Joseph (March 19, 2014), we rejoice in the launching a newly designed website from our General House in Rome: www.servidorasdelsenor.org (previously “www.servidoras.org”) The new site includes many special features. Enjoy! Language options: Spanish, English, and Italian Links to other SSVM websites and […]

2014 Youth Rally in Wachula, Florida

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Deep in the orange groves of central Florida, 300 youth gathered at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Wachula, Florida (Diocese of Venice) for the first IVE Florida Youth Rally on January 25th. The Youth Rally centered on the theme “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new spirit within me (Ps. 51:12).” […]

Registration Still Open for Women’s Spiritual Exercises February 14-17, 2014

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Spaces are still available for the annual East Coast Spiritual Exercises offered for women in English over Presidents’ Day Weekend, Friday February 14 – Monday February 17, 2014 (Monday is a Federal Holiday). Held in Maryland and preached by IVE priests, the Spiritual Exercises are a silent retreat following the structured progression of meditations of St. Ignatius of […]

Walking for Life in San Francisco

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Our Religious Family in California rejoiced this year to see the Walk for Life West Coast continue to grow and attract more Pro-life activists to San Francisco to protest Roe vs. Wade.  Our sisters and priests from the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara as well as St. Leo the Great Parish […]

March for Life 2014

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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.  Jeremiah 1:5 To defend the unborn, to protest unjust legislation, and to grow in unity for the cause of life, pro-life marchers gathered in Washington Wednesday, January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the United […]

Honoring Two Great American Saints in January: Elizabeth Ann Seton and John Neumann

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The Church honors two great American saints in early January.  First, the socialite Episcopalian convert and foundress, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), is celebrated on January 4th.  Next, the immigrant missionary bishop, St. John Nepomucene Neumann (1811-1860) has his feast day on January 5th. Both of them are great intercessors, models and champions especially for the Church in the […]

2014: A New Year, A New Prayer for Peace

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Happy New Year!  As we celebrate the beginning of this new year, the Church calls us all to prayer. First, we honor Our Lady on this Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, asking her to lead us ever closer to her Son this year that we may learn to become His true disciples by imitating […]

Merry Christmas! Christ is Born!

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Let us all rejoice at the birth of the Savior!  The Prince of Peace is born for us today! This year we dressed the Infant Jesus at the Juniorate in Washington as the Prince of Peace, holding a dove and with the names of those nations at war in the pouch of His Sacred Heart. […]

Celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Rocco’s in Avondale, Pennsylvania

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  AVONDALE, PENNSYLVANIA – At St. Rocco’s Catholic Church we began our spiritual preparation  for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 1st with a twelve-day novena, Docenario, as traditionally prayed to Our Lady in Mexico.  Each day  different groups of the parish (the Young Adults, the Married couples, the lectors, the children, etc.) took […]

New IVE Video: “Pray for the Missions”

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In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we offer the latest video from IVE Missions: “Pray for the Missions.” Not everyone is called to go to the missions, but everyone is called to be mission-minded, to be concerned for the salvation of others. Missionaries need our prayers to help them receive the aid of God’s […]

New Video: “Fourth Vow of Marian Slavery”

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We offer this new video, “Fourth Vow of Marian Slavery”, in honor of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception.  As the Church remembers the Immaculate Virgin who was conceived without Original Sin, our country celebrates her as our patroness and our missionary Province of the Immaculate Conception (USA, Canada, Guyana and Suriname) asks her to intercede for […]

Investitures in Washington, DC

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Members of our Province of the Immaculate Conception gathered in Washington on December 6th to celebrate together the investiture of SSVM novices and IVE novices and to honor Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  We were honored to have His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus […]

Monastery Christmas Cards and Enrollment for the Christmas Novena

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SORRY, CARDS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR 2013.  THANK YOU FOR THE INTEREST AND SUPPORT.  Sisters of the Monastery Our cloistered contemplative nuns of the Monastery of St. Edith Stein are offering Christmas Cards and enrollment in their Christmas novena this year (December 16-24). The cards feature stained glass windows from the historic Monastery of […]

Profession of First Vows in Washington

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On Friday, November 1 the Solemnity of All Saints, a new group of Servidoras made their first profession of religious vows at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick presided over the Holy Mass accompanied by a dozen concelebrating priests from the IVE and […]

Recent Film about Contemporary Catholic Sisters: “Light of Love”

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In early September, the film “Light of Love” (1:06:17) was released as part of the Imagine Sisters Movement aimed at supporting women’s vocations to religious life. The film opens with a Franciscan Sister of the Martyr Saint George repeating the interviewer’s question: “why would someone want to be a sister?”  This question captures the goal of […]

American Missionary Professes Perpetual Vows in the Netherlands

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On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, many our sisters professed perpetual vows worldwide; among them was one of our own American sisters in the Netherlands. Mother Maria Nadiya Beznadiynych Rozak (“Hope of the Hopeless” in Ukrainian, her father’s family origin) is an American missionary from Philadelphia who is currently the superior […]

Pope Francis and the Cross of Matara

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On September 7, 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Pliauzer of Buenos Aires, friends of our Religious Family, were able to participate in the Holy Mass with the Holy Father in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Martae at the Vatican. In anticipation of the possibility of greeting His Holiness personally, they had prepared a special gift […]

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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Together with the whole Church, our Religious Family joyfully celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross today, September 14th. In this feast the Church invites us to celebrate Jesus Christ’s definitive triumph over sin and death through His sacrifice on the Cross, and calls us all in a special way to unite […]

Academic Journeys: Patristics and Ecumenism in Boston, March 2013

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As the new academic year begins across the country, we remember a special moment from the past spring semester. In March, Sister Maria del Fiat Miola, SSVM traveled to Boston to present in the Ninth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in patristic studies hosted by the Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary.  Her talk, “Irenaeus’ Adversus Haereses 3.22.4: Mary […]

World Youth Day in Syria!

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Even amid war and chaos, Christ calls young people to Himself in hope and joy!  We invite you to read the beautiful story of World Youth Day in Syria from the blog of our priests and sisters, missionaries in Aleppo: S.O.S. Christians in Syria. Please continue to pray for peace in the region and for […]

Medieval Art at the Cloisters in New York City

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Sacred art and architecture form a special part of Catholic culture.  An exceptional period of innovation in devotional art took place in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.  While medieval shrines and monasteries can still be found throughout Europe, there is nothing quite comparable in the New World though new buildings have risen as honorable […]

Follow Pope Francis and Pilgrims at WYD in Brazil

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Keep up with Pope Francis and the IVE pilgrims in these days in Rio!  Let us all pray for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of many young people and lead them to know and love Jesus Christ with courage and joy! Vatican News with live coverage and full videos posted daily Vatican YouTube coverage […]

Have you ever thought about mission work?

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The missionary vocation is not just for consecrated religious. Adventurous lay missionaries have always played an invaluable role in the spread of the gospel throughout the history of the Church. Visit our Lay Missionary page to learn more about the opportunities to serve and read stories from our past missionaries. NEW: Enjoy a few pictures […]

Spiritual Exercises Labor Day Weekend 2013

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The Spiritual Exercises are a spiritual retreat developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help people re-focus their lives on God, and to provide an opportunity for people to hear God speaking in the silence of their hearts. The Exercises have long been recommended by many saints, including St. Frances de Sales and St Alphonsus […]

Lumen Fidei: First Encyclical of Pope Francis!

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  We rejoice with the whole Church at the publication of Lumen Fidei (“Light of Faith”) the first encyclical of Pope Francis.  Building on the draft left by Pope Benedict XVI, our Holy Father has given us a beautiful writing on the nature of faith, its ecclesial expression, and its relationship to our work for the […]

First Semester in Tanzania

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Please enjoy a recent chronicle written by our sisters in Tanzania and a video from our mission there. “Education is the key of life” – said the first president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere. We want to share with you the wonder and joy of the first six months of activities in our new kindergarten “Stella […]

Third General Conference of the SSVM: June 22-28

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  From the 22nd to the 28th of June the III° SSVM General Conference took place at the General House in Rome. At this Conference, the Superiors of all the provinces met with the members of the General Council to discuss the main topics of the government of the Institute and the formation of its members at the […]

Fortnight for Freedom 2013

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The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty. The USCCB has compiled a tremendous collection of resources for the faithful to deepen their understanding. The links below are recent headlines from the USCCB Fortnight for Freedom website.Please join us in prayer as well […]

Family Day 2013

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“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” -Bl. John Paul the Great Having a true spirit of family is an important part of our Institute. Our vocation as women religious is complemented and enriched by our membership in the Religious Family of the Incarnate […]

Vocation Apostolate in Ohio Schools

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“God calls who he wants, by his free initiative of love. But he wants to call through us… no fear should exist in directly proposing to a young person the calls of the Lord.” John Paul II, Message to the XX World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 24, 1983 What did we think after we were […]

IVE Ordinations to the Priesthood and Diaconate

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The whole Church in heaven and on earth rejoice! We would like to congratulate all our brothers in the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) who were ordained to the Diaconate and the Priesthood on the Feast of the Visitation, Friday, May 31st, 2013 by the hands of His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of […]

Girls’ Summer Days

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Girls’ Summer Days is a three day event held for girls from the ages 9-17 in Upstate New York.  Many girls come from underprivileged homes. It is our goal to educate the girls through fun and faith-filled activities so that they may become good Christians through an integral formation of body and soul in a […]

Third March for Life in Italy

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This past Sunday, May 12 marked the Third Italian March for Life in Rome.  The public expression of the Pro-Life Movement in Italy is just beginning to pick up momentum.  The priests, seminarians  and sisters of our Religious Family in Italy  participated in the March as they have from the start in 2011.  This year all […]