Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE)

The Institute of the Incarnate Word is a religious congregation of Diocesan Right (Diocese of Velettri-Segni). We are the male branch of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word composed also of the female branch, the Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara and of the Third Order Secular.

As consecrated religious, we profess the evangelical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. In order to do better in these vows, we profess the fourth vow of Marian Slavery of Love, to which we offer all ourselves as Slaves of Mary, according to the spirit of St. Louis de Montfort.

We want to be anchored in the mystery of the Incarnation, and from there to do all the necessary works to ‘restore all things in Christ (Eph 1:10), as we strive to be ‘another incarnation of the Word‘. We are aware that, as St. Irenaeus said, “What is not assumed is not redeemed.” So, nothing genuinely human is foreign to us, because everything and everyone should get the life of grace that Jesus Christ brought to the world.

In our efforts in favour of evangelization, we look also to be nourished by the two-millennium wisdom of the Church and return to the various methods devised and used by the saints, their major proponents. We try, in turn, to provide our future evangelizers a serious, integral training covering the entire spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral aspects of formation. In our studies we have preferential place for the system of knowledge of Saint Thomas Aquinas, under whose teachings we wanted to be formed, having him as our principal teacher. No one has ever illumined the Church like St. Thomas Aquinas.

The members of our Institute are under the disposition of the local bishops that we may assist them in the local Churches, providing formators for the seminaries, or accepting parochial and school assignments. In line with the pastoral commitment of the Institute, we are dedicated especially with the preaching of the popular mission according to the method of Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori and of the Spiritual Exercises according to Saint Ignatius of Loyola. These vast fields of the evangelization of the culture have also permitted us to open numerous apostolic works, without excluding the different works of mercy and works in the social communication.