Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, a female religious community of Diocesan Right, was founded by Rev. Carlos Miguel Buela on March 19, 1988 in San Rafael, Argentina. The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará and The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), comprised of religious priests and brothers, along with the Secular Third Order, make up the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. The two religious Institutes share the same charism, have twin constitutions and both include active and contemplative branches.
The name Servants (Servidoras) is a reference to:
- the First Servidoras, the faithful women who stood at the foot of the cross (Luke 8: 1-3), including Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, the sister of Virgin Mary (Mary Salome) and Mary of Cleophas; and
- the term used by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in his <True Devotion> #56.
The second part of our name, of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (del Señor y la Virgen de Matará) refers to the Crucified Christ and His Blessed Mother as found on the Cross of Matará worn by our sisters, since the Crucified Christ and Virgin Mary must be the foundations of our spirituality.