The Order With Vocations ‘from the least expected places’

The Order With Vocations ‘from the least expected places’

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Mother Maria Aeiparthenos is the Mistress of Novices for the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Novitiate for the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Her Order, which wears a traditional habit, is one of many experiencing a significant uptick in interest on the part of young, American Catholic women. Now, Mother shares her joyful experience in this exclusive interview with Regina Magazine:

Q. What is your Order's charism?

The Religious Family of the Incarnate Word is missionary and Marian. We are comprised of both a male branch, the Priests of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, and a female branch, the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará.

Our mission is to commit all our strength to inculturate the Gospel, that is to say, “to prolong the Incarnation” of Jesus Christ. Following the call of Blessed John Paul II, our goal is to evangelize the culture in the most difficult places. Our evangelization takes many forms: homes of mercy for children, the elderly, and the sick, parish work, Catholic education, popular missions (in which we go door-to-door in the neighborhood of the parish and invite people to the parish mission), providing the St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises. We also have contemplative sisters who sustain the mission through their prayers and sacrifices.

We entrust the missions and our entire lives to Christ, our Spouse, through the hands of his mother; we take a fourth vow of consecration to the Virgin Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort.

The Servants of the Lord was founded by Father Carlos Miguel Buela in Argentina on March 19, 1988.

Q. Given the scarcity of vocations in America, how is your Order doing in this regard?

 The Servants of the Lord was founded by Father Carlos Miguel Buela in Argentina on March 19, 1988. Now the Servants of the Lord have over 1000 members who serve in 35 countries. By the grace of God, generous souls continue to come; around the world, there are currently more than 90 novices and 90 aspirants.

Now the Servants of the Lord have over 1000 members who serve in 35 countries. By the grace of God, generous souls continue to come; around the world, there are currently more than 90 novices and 90 aspirants.

Q. How would you characterize the formation of young Catholics these days – as opposed to 20 years ago? Any reason for hope?

There is always hope! Men naturally desire truth. In a world plagued with increasing violence, youth have an ever greater urge to give themselves to God – to live for eternity while we’re here on earth. The generation that has grown up with Blessed John Paul II, a strong and vibrant witness of hope, thirsts for Truth, and they have received many answers through the fruits of the Second Vatican Council: the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Theology of the Body, and many World Youth Days.

Young Catholics are the leaders of the New Evangelization. Youth from the most difficult or least Christian cultures joyfully pick up the Cross of Christ; for example, we have many vocations from some of the least expected places: Tajikistan, Egypt, and Holland!

“In a world plagued with increasing violence, youth have an ever greater urge to give themselves to God – to live for eternity while we’re here on earth.”

There is always hope! Men naturally desire truth.

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In addition to direct monetary donations, anyone wishing to contribute through donations of food, household products, office supplies, old furniture, or services (auto repair, plumbing, etc.) is invited to contact the convent closest to them by consulting the Order's Province-wide directory.

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Our evangelization takes many forms: homes of mercy for children, the elderly, and the sick, parish work, Catholic education, popular missions and providing the St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises.

 

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