Europe

IVE Europe

Province “Our Lady of Loreto” 
Italy, Albania and Greece

After the Institute of the Incarnate Word was born, some priests moved to Rome to get a license in theology. The mission in this Province, however, officially started in 1992, when the first religious community was established in Italy, in Ponzano Romano (Rome). The mission extended first to Albania, then Greece and, in 2015, to Scotland. Currently the Religious Family has 15 communities in Italy: in Palermo, Canneto, Sezze, Segni (Novitiate of both IVE and SSVM), Montalto di Castro, Ponzano Romano, Montefiascone (IVE Seminary and Junior Seminary), Tuscania (SSVM house of formation), Ravenna, Prato, Genova and Asti. The General House of the Institute of the Incarnate Word is based in Rome. In Albania, we have a parish in the city of Kallmet and another in the mountain village of Kalivac (northern part of the country); In Greece, there is a parish in Athens;

Province “Our Lady of Pilar”
Spain and France

The province "Our Lady of Pilar" was founded in July 2010, including the foundations in Spain and France, which until then belonged to the province of "Our Lady of Loreto". It is under the protection of Our Lady appeared to St. James in Zaragoza, and the co-patrons are the Archangel Michael and St. James Apostle. In 2001 the Institute began his presence presence in Spain, in the Monastery "Our Lady of Help" in Güímar, Tenerife. In November 2002, in the same Diocese, the house "San Pedro de Betencourt" in Arico was founded, serving several parishes in the area. The first priest working there was Fr. Benito Lagos (q.e.p.d). In November 2007 the Institute moved to peninsular Spain, with the foundation of the community "St. Ignatius of Loyola" in Manresa , Diocese of Vic. They followed then, in that order, Santiago de Compostela, Barbastro, Granada. Then also Ibiza.

Province “Mary Gate of Dawn”
Scotland, Holland, Iceland, Lithuania and Germany

The mission in this delegation started with the first foundation in Panevezys, Lithuania. The Institute has been working in this country from the beginning of 2003. Now, just ten years after the liberation from Soviet domination, the Church can rise again. Once the IVE community was aware of the great possibilities of working with children and youth, the house Saint Louis Gonzaga was founded, and now it is the Junior Seminary of the delegation.

In September 2004, the first mission in the Netherlands was founded in Brunssum. Shortly after our priests were assigned to some parishes, and the activities began: Oratory, Catechism, courses of Catholic formation, prayer groups, services to the families of the Third Order. In January 2009 a new mission started in the north of the country, in Alkmaar. In June 2011, our priests were asked by Monsignor Wiertz, bishop of Roermond, to leave Brunssum and move to Bunde. The bishop assigned 4 parishes to the Institute. Our main pastoral work in these parishes consists in teaching catechism, taking care of groups of children and teenagers and giving spiritual care to the sick.

In January 2005, the delegation started a mission in Iceland, a Lutheran country with 330,000 inhabitants, among which only about 12,000 are Catholic. The Delegation serves the Catholic Church in Iceland in St. Joseph’s Church in Hafnarfjörður (Reykjavik, the capital). The vast majority of Catholics in Iceland are foreigners from Poland, the Philippines, Lithuania, and also some Spanish-speaking people. The pastoral work of the IVE Mission in Iceland is focused on Catechism, visit to the houses, the oratory and the pastoral care of the Hispanic and Lithuanian communities at the Christ the King Cathedral in Reykjavík.

In 2009 the delegation started a mission in Germany helping to build up a spiritual center and assisting different parishes before getting in charge, in 2010, of the parish “Holy Family” in Rüdersdorf (near Berlin). Near Leipzig (Saxony, eastern Germany), an association belonging to our Third Order is in charge of a house of charity helping people to be integrated in society. In September, 2015, the delegation founded a second mission in Germany, in the diocese of Eichstätt. From September 2016, the missionaries will take care of the pilgrimage church at Mariahilfberg in Neumarkt. The apostolate with pilgrims is especially focused on hearing confessions, promoting the devotion to Mary and working with the youth. The priests will also provide assistance in the parish of "Our Beloved Lady" in Neumarkt.

Delegation “Our Lady of Zarvanytsia”
Ukraine

Ten years after the foundation of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, the first two missionaries temporarily came to Ukraine in the city of Lviv, and in 1995 the first official mission started in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. From 1998 the novitiate is opened to welcome the local vocations. Three other missions then started in the cities of Dubové, Transcarpathia (western Ukraine), Skadovsk (near the Black Sea) and Vynnitsia (central Ukraine). Today there is also a minor seminary in Ivano-Frankivsk and the Servants of the Lord and of the Virgin of Matarà have different houses, among them charity houses. The Delegation arranges various apostolic works for the faithful of the parishes (6 in total) as well as for the numerous members of the Third Order: summer camps for children, teenagers, men and women.