The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) in East Asia 2018-01-09T17:28:50+00:00

What is the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE)?

The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), the male branch of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, began in Argentina on March 25, 1984, the day in which His Holiness John Paul II consecrated the world to the Most Holy Virgin of Fatima.

The Religious Family of the Incarnate Word (also known as IVE) is comprised of the Institute of the incarnate Word (IVE – male branch), the Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (SSVM – female branch) and our Third Order. It was founded by Fr. Carlos Buela in Argentina on 1984.

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Our Province


The IVE Province of “Our Lady of Sheshan” comprehends the communities established in three countries: Taiwan, Philippines and China (Hong Kong). IVE priests are working in five parishes as well as in Noviciate and Major Seminary, both located in Lipa, Province of Batangas, Philippines. The Parishes are Birhen Ng Lujan, (Caloocan, Manila, Philippines) Saint Joseph Church and Church of the Incarnate Word (Taichung, Taiwan), Christ the King Church (Tayuan, Taiwan) and Ss. Peter and Paul Church (Yuen Long, Hong Kong, China)

Our Province includes Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong.

Mayor House of Formation “Our Lady of Sheshan”

Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) House of Formation Lipa Philippines

Our Seminary is located in Lipa, Province of Batangas, Philippines.

On August 2009 the Institute of the Incarnate Word established its Houses of Formation (Noviciate and Major Seminary) in Lipa, destined to welcome Asian vocations. They began with a small rented house in a suburb but succeeding years saw an increasing number of vocations. For this reason, in the year 2011, the Institute acquired a piece of land in San Celestino Barangay. Construction work started on August 2013 and still ongoing.

For more information, please visit Our Lady of Sheshan Major Seminary and and Facebook page.

Our Lady of Sheshan

Our Lady of Sheshan, patrona del Instiutto del Verbo Encarnado en Asia

Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, Patron Saint of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in East Asia

IVE’s East Asia Province has Our Lady of Sheshan as its Patron Saint. The Shrine dedicated to Her is located in the district of Song Jiang, near the great metropolis of Shang Hai, and is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians of Sheshan.

In 1863, the Superior of the Jesuit community in Shang Hai purchased the south side of the mountain of Sheshan, that offers a beautiful panorama of bamboo forest. On this site, a retreat house was built for Jesuit Fathers, with a small chapel next door, and the construction of the Shrine began. On March 1, 1868, the then Bishop of Shanghai, Bishop Adrien Languillat, SJ, consecrated the chapel and blessed the image of Our Lady Help of Christians. Every year, on May 24, her feast day, many faithful visit the Shrine.

Our Lady of Sheshan Seminary

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