The Missionary Priest

The missionary priest is a consecrated man who answered Christ’s call to mission: “go in all the world, and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”. (Mk 16, 15)


He dedicates all his life to the preaching of the Gospel and the celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Penitence. All his life is an intimate contact with God through prayer and meditation, the source of all his apostolic work. Preaching Preaching is the first duty for the evangelization of culture. What the missionary priest has to preach is above all the Gospel, the “Good News”, the announce of the universal salvation in Christ, Word of God made flesh. It contains the Faith that he will preach to every person “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1, 8). This mission requires a deep knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. The simple study of the written work is not enough; the missionary priest should meditate the Scriptures and consider them his “daily bread”, especially the Gospel of Christ. He will remember that the nourishment of preaching is prayer: if the priest does not pray, he will not know Christ enough to preach Him. Spiritual Direction The missionary priest is a spiritual director, who has to guide the souls to the perfection of Christian life. Spiritual Direction is a difficult skill; St. John of Avila defined it as “ars artium”, art of all arts, since it deals with the highest things regarding God and the human soul. The priest should improve his skills of spiritual director through the reading of the works of great Saints who have excelled in spiritual doctrine, such as St. John of the Cross or St. Therese of Avila and the classics of Spirituality of all times. Confession The power of removing sin from souls through Confession is, after the celebration of the Holy Mass, the highest gift that Christ made to His priests. Confession is like a second Baptism, in which a Christian soul who lost the grace of God due to sin can be forgiven and come back to the house of the Father like the prodigal son (Luke 15, 11-32). The missionary priest should dedicate a convenient time to Confessions, since a single person who recovers the grace of God is more valuable than any apostolate that the priest may do. Teaching/Catechism The evangelization of culture essentially consists in teaching the right Christian doctrine to the people, so that the Gospel may be applied to every aspect of human life. Catechism is the basic religious formation that priests provide in every parish and during the popular missions, with different means of communication and different styles according to the people and their culture. Some of our priests also work in universities or catholic schools as teachers and during the formation period, our seminarians may teach Catechism to the children in some moments of apostolate during the week. Community As religious, the missionary priests of the Institute normally live in small communities made of two or more members. Community life is an essential point of our Spirituality. Every member supports each other and the community becomes stronger, a small ideal society where the Gospel reigns along with Christian Charity. The seminarians spend almost every moment together, especially their prayer and formation, to prepare for the future mission with another priest. Preaching the Spiritual Exercises The Exercises of St. Ignatius are a perfect mean to evangelize the culture, to delete our disordered passions and live according to God and His will. Our missionary priests will do exercises of thirty days every ten years, and during the formation time, every year for eight days. The priests of the Institute should be always ready to preach exercises to the people and become every time more and more experienced. Prayer Prayer is a major duty of a missionary priest. Without prayer, every action becomes inefficient because the source of every apostolate is nothing but Jesus Christ. The Liturgy of the Hours is the basic prayer of a priest, in which he prays along with all the universal Church; the rosary is the best way to show our love for the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the Angelus; The devotion of a missionary priest to the Holy Eucharist mainly consists in the Holy Mass and the Eucharistic Adoration.

What is the Purpose of the Institute of the Incarnate Word?
It is the evangelization of culture to extend the Incarnation of the Word...
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What is the Charism of the Institute of the Incarnate Word?
We want to make each man like a new incarnation of the Word...
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Find out about the Spirituality of our Institute
Our spirituality is marked by the mystery of the Incarnation, in which the mystery of man truly becomes clear...
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The consecration to Mary completes our total offering to Christ in a supreme act of submission...
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Meet the Founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word
Father Carlos Miguel Buela was born in Buenos Aires on April 4, 1941 and he was ordained priest in 1971...
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Find out about the Presentation of our Institute
Foundation and early years, Expansion...
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What makes a Missionary a Priest from the Institute of the Incarnate Word?
The missionary priest is a consecrated man who answered Christ’s call. As in the Gospel of Mark: “Go to all the world, and proclaim"...
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How does one live as a Contemplative?
Total dedication to prayer, meditation and contemplation of God's mysteries
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Visit our houses where future priest are in formation: The Major Seminary
The seminary, or house of formation, is the place where the future missionary priests receive the “triple formation”...
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Visit our houses where future priest are formed: The Junior Seminary
"The vocation to priesthood has often a first manifestation in the years of childhood or in the earliest years of youth"...
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Do you have a Priestly Vocation?
In the Gospel, Jesus invited some people to follow Him, such as the Apostles. Even now, He does not stop calling to priesthood....
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Discover what we do in Our Apostolate
The object of our apostolic action is everything that forms Christ in teh heart of individuals and leads the souls to eternal salvation...
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Find out about some of our Works of Charity
Works of charity are a major apostolate carried out by the IVE....
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Read about the Popular Missions of the IVE
A simple way to preach the Gospel to the people, searching the conversion of sinners....
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Some days of retreat and silence, to remove the disordered passions and live according to God's will....
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Find out about the importance of IVE's work with the mass media
Our goal is the evangelization of culture, and in a culture deeply marked by the media, it is necessary to be at the forefronts in this field.....
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