The Institute of the Incarnate Word sisters are known as the Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará. The sisters were founded on March 19, 1988, the Feast of St. Joseph, by Fr. Carlos Buela in San Rafael (Argentina), with the ‘sole desire of giving to Jesus Christ Spouses according to His Heart.’
The sisters of our Religious Family of the Incarnate Word have this name (Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará) because of the Cross of Matará. On this Cross is Our Crucified Lord and we want to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2 ). Also, because at the foot of the Cross is the First Servant of the Lord: the Most Holy Virgin Mary. This serves to recall not only the why, but also the place, the function and the mission of the Servants who follow the example of the Virgin.
In this manner, the female branch of our Religious Family strongly complements what we desired in giving the masculine branch the name of the Incarnate Word – because the Incarnation has been redemptive and the Redemption was only possible because of the Incarnation. The Word was made flesh in order to go to the cross, and the cross is possible because Christ became flesh.The Cross, where we find the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, constitutes a most beautiful plan of life. In order to follow this plan, all who glory in carrying this name will have to make efforts aided by God’s grace, which never lacks for those who do what they should.To project the high ideals expressed on this Cross to new generations through all times must be a renewed pledge of each and every one of the members of our Religious Family, so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ resounds in every corner of the earth: ‘Go into the whole world and preach the gospel’ (Mk 16:15) (Fr. C. M. Buela).
With our religious profession we commit all of our strength to inculturate the Gospel. From this comes the extent of our apostolate, since we engage in the announcement of the Word of God in all its forms: through study and teaching at universities and colleges, by means of written publications, in teaching catechism and organizing oratories, by carrying out popular missions and the Spiritual Exercises, in the education and Christian formation of children and youth, and in works of charity with the most needy (abandoned children, the disabled, the sick, the elderly, etc.).
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