The IVE is a Catholic Religious Institute of Diocesan Right founded in Argentina on March 25, 1984 by Reverend Father Carlos Miguel Buela, the very same day that Saint John Paul II consecrated the entire world to Our Lady of Fatima.
Its members are priests, seminarians and coadjutor brothers. Our vocation is to follow Christ more closely under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We want to dedicate ourselves totally to God as our supreme Love, seeking his Glory in a new and special way of life, for the edification of the Church and the salvation of souls.
We want to imitate Jesus Christ as perfectly as possible, principally by the fulfilment of our religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
We choose to live chaste for the Kingdom of Heaven, poor to manifest that God is our only treasure, and obedient to the death of the cross, to follow more closely the Incarnate Word in his chastity, poverty and obedience.
In addition, we profess a fourth vow of Marian slavery, according to the spirit of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. By means of this vow, the members consecrate their whole lives to the Blessed Virgin Mary to ask her intercession and to prolong the Incarnation in the world. We want to be apostles of Mary entrusting ourselves to Her in by doing all things “through Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary.” (Treatise of the True Devotion to Mary, n. 257).
We are a religious family, we profess solemn vows, and we live a fraternal life in community. We work to acquire a true human and Christian maturity, to be able to reach the full maturity in Christ (Eph 4: 13).
THE SHIELD OF THE INSTITUTE
The sword : our mission is to preach. “They will have in their mouth the two edged-sword of the Word of God” (Treatise of the True Devotion to Mary).
The red Cross : all work gets its strength from Christ’s blood shed for our redemption.
The white background : is the symbol of the purity with which the works are done for God..
The Crown : represents the kingship of Christ.
The three flames : are the three evangelical counsels (vows of poverty, chastity and obedience).
The Fleur-de-Lis : signifies our fourth vow of consecration to the Holy Virgin Mary in maternal Slavery of love.
The letters V, C, F, E: Verbum Caro Factum Est (The Word was Made Flesh), since we are the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. These words are found in the Gospel of John, where the Apostle describes the event of the Incarnation (cf. Jn 1: 14).
The rosary : indicates our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, her maternal protection, and her presence in our lives and in our apostolic works.