Circular of Fr. Carlos Walker regarding the approaching liturgical feast of Blessed John Paul II

Posted by Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE on October 15, 2013

We offer you a circular from Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE, General Superior of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, regarding the upcoming feast of Blessed John Paul II, “father of our religious family,” which will be celebrated on October 22nd.

In Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary,



Rome, 11th October 2013

Dear Brothers in the Incarnate Word,

Since on the coming Sunday the 13th, we begin the novena in honor of our Patron and Father, Blessed John Paul II, whose feast is celebrated on the 22nd of October, we wish to remind you of the proximity of this feast and invite you to celebrate it fittingly in the various jurisdictions and the houses of the Institute.

On Monday the 22nd, we will celebrate the Holy Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter, in the altar of the tomb of Blessed John Paul II. All the members of our Religious Family who are in Italy will assist at this Mass. Afterwards, the members of the male branch will go to the General House for a festive lunch, and to continue with the feast in the evening.

In another attached document, I am sending you a prayer to John Paul II, which could be used during these days of preparation for the feast. This prayer was written by a priest of the Province of Loreto and was translated into Spanish by the seminarians in Montefiascone.

May Blessed John Paul the Great obtain for us the grace to be faithful to our charism, and through his intercession, may God send many holy vocations to our Institute.

In Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary,

            Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE

General Superior


Novena to Blessed John Paul II

Oh Blessed John Paul II ,

you, who are the Spiritual Father of our religious family of the Institute of the Incarnate Word , obtain for us the grace that we ask in this novena.

With trust we ask that we may become holy priests of the Institute of the Incarnate Word , according to the heart of Christ : who nourish our spirits with the Word of God, serve our neighbors in solidarity with the needy, abandon ourselves to Divine Providence , tireless preachers , “rich in spirit” “with  tongue , lips and wisdom, which the enemies of truth cannot resist”, merciful confessors, who are exceptionally fruitful in our apostolic and vocational efforts[1], not elusive to the missionary adventure , always cheerful – even in difficulties, lovers of the Cross and true devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We ask that we may be always faithful to God, fulfilling at all times His Holy Will and persevere until death in this religious family.

May the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Priests , whom you loved so much and to whom we profess to be her slaves of love, protect us from on high from all dangers, temptations, and attacks of the devil, that we may one day reach Heaven along with all those souls who have been entrusted to us during our entire ministry. Amen .

Pater , Ave and Gloria.

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us (3 times).

[1] Cf. IVE Constitutions, n. 231.

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