The Institute of the Incarnate Word
Foundation and early years
Father Carlos Miguel Buela is the founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. He was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and as a diocesan priest, was inspired to start a religious congregation on May 3, 1981. His desire to be faithful to the foundational inspiration, made him to seek permission to begin ;the new experience of religious life. Only three years later, on May 25, 1983, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the new institute began in the Diocese of San Rafael (Mendoza) with the blessing of its Bishop, Leon Kruk. The opening took place, however, at the local Diocesan Seminary, Mary Mother of God, operated then by the new order itself. The Institute of the Incarnate Word was established as a Public Association of the Faithful the same day that The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Saint Peter Piazza in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
In 1985, the Institute purchased its first house, establishing the “Villa Luján” in El Chañaral. On February 22 of the same year, the liturgical Feast of the Chair of Peter, the first Mass was celebrated in the new house. This “Mother House” of our Institute continues, even today, to host many sons who prepare themselves to take our charism –the evangelization of culture- to different parts of the world. It is the headquarters of our Religious Seminary, Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word.
For the novena and feast of Christ and the Virgin del Milagro (Salta), the first group of seminarians accompanied by some priests, travelled to the northern province where they professed their first vows of slavery to Mary, according to the method of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. The first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience were professed the following year, 1986.
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