A brief history

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Foundation and early years

May 3, 1981, Father Carlos Buela was inspired to found a religious family. March 25, 1984 gave rise to the religious in the diocese of San Rafael, a small dioceses of Argentina, located in Mendoza Province, very close to the Andes. In 1985 he founded the Villa of Luján, future mother house of the Congregation, and Mons. Leon Kruk approved the experience of community life as a Public Association of the Faithful. Little at a time, the Institute expanded beyond the limits of the diocese of San Rafael Argentina. In 1987, the Institute founded the first mission in Peru. In 1989 the presence spread in the United States of America, in New York. A few days later some priests came to Rome to complete their studies at Pontifical Universities. In 1987, the minor seminary was officially founded. In 1988, the male novitiate, the feminine branch and the masculine contemplative branch were founded That same year, he played the first General Chapter. The second Chapter was celebrated in 1989. In 1992, the Institute opened its houses in Russia, Israel and Egypt. In 1993 in Taiwan, and in 1994 in Ukraine and Brazil.

Canonical Process

In 1994 the fourth General Chapter was celebrated: John Paul II was proclaimed Father of the Institute, were approved and officially submitted their Constitutions to the competent authority and wondered the canonical erection as a Religious Institute. From 1995 to 2001 the Holy See encharged three papal commissioners to accompany the Institute. In those years, the Holy See itself showed its confidence by entrusting a Missio sui iuris for the foundation of the Church in Tajikistan, a gesture never done before with a Public Association of the Faithful as the Incarnate Wordwas then. In 2001 John Paul II decided to transfer the General House in the Diocese of Velletri-Segni, suburbicarian of Rome and the convocation of the General Chapter 4 granting time to the period of accompaniment. In 2004, Mons. Andrea Maria Erba has erected the Institute as a religious institute of diocesan right. Was the May 8, feast of the Virgin of Lujan, which will be proclaimed Patroness of the Institute below.


The transfer of the General House in Italy favored a considerable expansion: the founding of the Major Seminary "San Vitaliano Papa", the Minor Seminary "San Giovanni XXIII", the Centre for Advanced Studies "San Bruno di Segni", the editions of the Incarnate Word, the Cornelio Fabro Cultural Project. Some priests and nuns were hired as professors in the Pontifical Universities: Angelicum, Urbanian, European University of Rome, Lateran. The same has occurred in other religious provinces with publishers, qualified cooperation with Study centers, academies, diocesan seminaries. The foundation of the Seminary in the Philippines has a particular importance, the Monastic House of Formation in El Pueyo (Spain) and the cooperation agreement with the Gustav Siwert (Germany).

A gift of 30 new "tabernacles"

In 2009 father Carlos Buela offered to Our Lady - imitating the gesture of Mother Teresa of Calcutta - 30 new "tabernacles" (foundations) in order to mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation, and 30 others on behalf of the women's branch, trying to satisfy more than 300 requests of help from bishops all around the world. Thanks to the generosity of all in less than two years 60 foundations were completed and we still go on with our commitments. Among the most significant: in the Gaza Strip, to Aleppo in Syria, in Madaba in Jordan, in Odessa in the Ukraine, in Pumpenai in Lithuania, in Beit Jala in Palestine, in Lipa in the Philippines, in Al Fayoum in Egypt, in Peterborough in Canada, in Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, to Kallmet in Albania, in Dallas and Venice in USA, in Granada in Spain, Paphos in Cyprus, Ushetu in Tanzania, in Merida in Mexico, Berlin, Lyon, and other foundation in places where it already c ' were other presences. Although "the harvest is great and the laborers are few", and despite some priests have abandoned us to follow the diocesan life or even the ministry, the grace of God and the generosity of the religious has kept almost all the foundations up, and other They have opened recently: for example in Formentera in Spain, in Wufeng in Taiwan, in Genoa, and in Scotland.

Year of mercy, years of mercy

On 6th May 2010 the the Virgin of the Mountain of the sanctuary managed by IVE in Anjara (Jordania) has seen her cry by a religious of the Incarnate Word, and others. Extensive testing in a nearby hospital confirmed that tears appeared on the statue were human blood. In front of this extraordinary event, religious leaders and people of faith, but also Muslims, who visit the sanctuary in great number, recalled that in the past other images had wept blood announcing times of suffering and persecution. In fact just after there was an increase of hostilities throughout the Middle East. Despite wars and cruel persecutions our religious continue into danger, they don't want to leave the Christian faithful who are in many places especially subject to persecution. Fathers and Sisters of the IVE remain in the only Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip and have endured several bombings and destruction. For years we worked hard in Baghdad and we have recently started the help in the Chaldean seminary in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. For years we worked tirelessly in Tunisia. In the City of Aleppo in Syria in the middle of a war and destruction and death, intensified in recent months, fathers and nuns remain in the middle of a martyr people. Pope Francis has repeatedly received and even called in the first person our religious missionaries and encouraged the laity to bear witness of mercy and fidelity. "Little or nothing interests us get in many countries and have many members, if in exchange we lose the spirit. Only the Catholic Church, in the person of Peter and his successors is promised infallibility and indefectibility. We do not lose the spirit as long as we remain faithful to it and observe the will and intentions of the founder in all that makes up the patrimony of the Institute "(Constitutions 35).

Chapter VII General

On 1 July 2016 it opens the General Chapter, and ceasing the current government, for 24 days Institute will be in the hands of an assembly of 64 fathers chapter members from around the way together to trace the outline for the next 6 years. It will be a visible sign of the love that is the end of the religious life, charity reigning in our communities on a daily basis and that becomes tangible in these meetings as called for Father Carlos Buela during the Chapter of 1994: "It must be a real sign, beliavable, reliable and convincing. About what? the unity of every member in charity. This is, to say so, the most important of the General Chapter. Beyond the electiuon of the authorities; beyond the legislative discussion, meaning, the laws that we know we have to give; beyond the study of a better distribution of the members for the major glory of God and good of the souls ... Beyond all of this, as important it could be, is the sign of being united in the charity. That charity that we, for the reason of our religious profession, we want to live totally, in his maximum perfection"