Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara
Main Number: 202-543-2064
Mother Mary Mother of Faith, SSVM
1714 Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, a community of Diocesan Right, was founded by Father Carlos Miguel Buela on March 19, 1988 in San Rafael, Argentina. Together with the Priests of the Incarnate Word (www.iveamerica.org) and the Third Order we form the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. We are a Marian Missionary Community that wants to inculturate the Gospel, that is to say, to prolong the Incarnation to all men, in the whole of man, and in all the manifestations of man.” (Constitutions, 5).
Our daily prayer life includes: the Holy Mass, one hour of Eucharistic adoration, the Divine Office in community, angelus, Holy Rosary, together with private and devotional prayer.
Together with the three vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, we also make a Fourth Vow of Consecration to the Blessed Mother according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort thus entrusting ourselves entirely to Her as our Mother and model.
Our work in evangelizing is very broad but can be divided into three sectors. The first the preaching of the Word in action consists in: popular missions according to St. Alphonsus of Liguori, assisting our priests in the work of offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, working in parishes, teaching catechism, teaching in elementary and secondary schools, assisting in theological and philosophical publications, and working in youth ministry. The second is preaching of the Word by means of works of Charity: we help in and run orphanages, homes for disabled children and youth, homes for the elderly, and hospitals. The third way of preaching the Word is by the contemplative cloistered way of life as we also have monastic sisters who dedicate their lives to God in silence and prayer. At the present time we have missions on all five continents and eight different locations here in the US.
“Put out into the deep water- Duc in altum!…to take the demands of the Gospel seriously and thoroughly: “go, sell what you possess” (Mt 19:21) It is the impetus of the saints and martyrs who gave up everything for God”