Institute of the Incarnate Word

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Institute of the Incarnate Word
Abbreviation IVE
Formation March 25, 1984; 31 years ago (1984-03-25)
Type Catholic religious institute
Headquarters Piazza San Píetro, 2
  • Segni, Roma, Italia
Key people
Carlos Miguel Buela - Founder

The Institute of the Incarnate Word or IVE (Spanish: Instituto del Verbo Encarnado) is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in Argentina on March 25, 1984, by Carlos Miguel Buela. The IVE is present in over fifty countries with both active and contemplative branches. The seminary for the Institute of the Incarnate Word in the United States, the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen House of Formation, was started in 1998 in Chillum, Maryland, near Washington, DC. Since its founding, the IVE has grown consistently in the face of controversy and as of 2008 numbered approximately 675 members (including priests, brothers, seminarians, and minor seminarians).[1] [2]


IVE Missionaries in Papua New Guinea.

According to its constitution, the specific charism of the Institute of the Incarnate Word is the evangelization of the culture (where ever they are), "to extend the Incarnation 'to all men, in the whole man, and in all of the manifestations of man,' in accordance with the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church."[3] To accomplish this, the religious of the IVE profess the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience under vow and live in community. A fourth vow of "Slavery to Mary according to St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort" is also made.[3]

The IVE is primarily a clerical institute, where the majority of its members are priests, although it does include some permanent coadjutor brothers who dedicate themselves to the service of the houses and those works which do not require the grace of Holy Orders.


The Institute of the Incarnate Word was founded by Carlos Miguel Buela, in San Rafael Argentina, with approval of Bishop León Kruk as an experiment in religious life. In 2004, the IVE became a religious congregation of diocesan right by Bishop Andrea María Erba in the Diocese of Velletri-Segni, Italy, where the congregation's main house still resides. The current General Superior of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, Carlos Walker, was elected in 2010 following the resignation of Carlos Buela. This was the second time that Carlos Buela resigned, the first being in 1994, and followed the conclusion of a three-year investigation of the Institute by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Eduardo María Taussig.[4]

Second Order: Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará[edit]

In addition to its male branch, the Institute of the Incarnate Word has a female branch, founded by Carlos Miguel Buela in 1988.The “Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará” (Spanish: Servidoras del Seńor y de la Virgen de Matará, abbreviated SSVM) came about as a response to requests received by Buela to form an institute for women religious and has grown extremely quickly, now including approximately 1,000 professed sisters. Both Institutes are closely united spiritually, although they are canonically independent. Their spiritual union is given essentially through possessing the same Founder and same Constitution; by the particular IVE Father elected to oversee the SSVM and their needs; and by the special preference given in the IVE Constitutions to the care of the spiritual needs of the SSVM.

Third Order: Lay Communities[edit]

The IVE at the March for Life.

The third order of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word is an association of the faithful whose members, while living in the world, desire to participate in the spirit of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. Its members have the universal objective of seeking the greater glory of God and salvation of souls, while working in the specific charism of the IVE - to inculturate the Gospel. The duties of the third order are 1) to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ, 2) to work for the perfection of the temporal order, 3) to educate their children (if married) according to the teaching of the Church, and 4) to increase their own Christian formation by acquiring a deeper knowledge of Catholic Doctrine.

Contemplative Life[edit]

The IVE founded its contemplative branch on December 25, 1988. These "vanguards of apostolic works" secure from the Lord the graces necessary for the salvation of souls and the fruits of the Institute's missions. The contemplatives of the IVE are fundamentally dedicated to the life of prayer, especially to Eucharistic adoration, to the apostolate of religious presence in mission countries, to study and to research. In conformity with the Institute's clerical nature, the male contemplatives also care for the sacramental and spiritual needs of the faithful.


  1. ^ Sandro Magister (23 February 2008). "Religious Superiors Report to the Pope. Between Decline and Rebirth". La Repubblica. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "El Verbo Encarnado le ganó la pulseada a los obispos". Los Andes. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b IVE Constitutions, #5. Institute of the Incarnate Word (2004). "IVE Constitutions" (PDF). Institute of the Incarnate Word. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Resignation Letter: Fr. Carlos Buela resigned…". Cafe Chat. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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