Fr. Gustavo Nieto, the Superior General of the Institute of the Incarnate Word paid a visit to the Houses of Formation and presided over the Mass for the beginning of the Academic Year. His visit also coincided with the Farewell ceremony of Fr. Santiago Vidal, IVE, the former Master of Novices who returned to Argentina. Fr. Nieto offered his thanks to Fr. Santiago for all his years of service in the Far East and presented him with a token of appreciation, while at the same time, welcoming the new Master of Novices, Fr. Federico Jaramillo.
At the Mass for the Beginning of the Academic Year at which he presided, Fr. Nieto gave the homily and spoke eloquently of Our Lord as both priest and victim and how in our desire to imitate Him, we cannot escape the fact that as priests, we must be at the same time, victims. Fr. Nieto stressed the need, in our imitation, for total commitment, perseverance, study and faithfulness. He was also present at the Blessing of the Houses, which is part of the activities of the opening of the Academic Year.
His presence here enabled the members of the Institute in formation to encounter and speak with our Superior General and to discover more about the activities of our Institute throughout the world and to hear the plans for the future. It was a great opportunity also to get to know Fr. Nieto personally.
Fr. Nieto ended his brief trip with a visit to the parish of Our Lady of Lujan, entrusted to our Institute in the diocese of Kalookan