Ss. Peter and Paul Church is at the present run by priests of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. The Institute of the Incarnate Word was founded in San Rafael, Argentina on March 25, 1984 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela. From the very beginning it formed its own seminarians (this is something absolutely integral to our charism), and it has also—by the grace of God—been blessed with many vocations. The charism of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word is explicitly the “inculturation” of the Gospel—to evangelize all cultures in order to bring Christ to the entirety of man and to all of mankind. Thus we desire to adopt everything good and beautiful in a culture (and get rid of the rest) so that it can be better conformed to Christ. We desire to do this in utter conformity with the teaching of the Church, and we want always to cultivate a genuine missionary spirit—i.e., we don’t see ourselves as “social-workers,” but as missionaries, and we want to win souls for Christ. Given the interest that was shown by a number of women in also living our charism, in 1988 Fr. Buela also founded a female branch to the order, called the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (SSVM)—we have the same charism and identical constitutions, but we are canonically independent of each other, as is required by Canon Law. The IVE became a religious congregation of diocesan right in 2004 (Diocese of Velletri-Segni, Italy). Currently the IVE has about 900 members (priests, brothers, seminarians and minor seminarians) and the SSVM has about 1,000. Please click here and here to see more information.
Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará was founded by Rev. Carlos Miguel Buela on March 19, 1988 in San Rafael, Argentina. They are a religious community of Diocesan Right, and, together with the priests and brothers of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) and the members of the Institute’s Third Order, make up the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. These two religious Institutes share the same charism, have twin constitutions, and include both active and contemplative branches. Please click here to see more information.
Third Order Secular
The Third Order of our Religious Family of the Incarnate Word is an Association of the Faithful whose Members, living in the world, desire to participate in the spirit of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. For this reason, this Secular Association is committed to form with the Members of this Religious Family, a unique family united by the same faith, goals, charism, and spirit. The Third Order is an essential part of our Religious Family because it is a prolongation of our works in their own environment. Please click hereto see more information.
-Explanation of the crest of the Institute of the Incarnate Word-
Some of the inspiration for our crest was taken from the words of St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary:
“They will have the two-edged sword of the Word of God in their mouths and the bloodstained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the Crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart.” (59)