From May 28 through June 3 Fr. Walker visited some of the IVE communities in New York and especially the Major House of Formation in Washington, DC. He was able to participate at the ordinations to the Priesthood and to the Diaconate, on May 31 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, by the hands of His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick.
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From the 3rd to the 10th of May 2013, Fr Carlos Walker, IVE, visited our missions in Palestine and Israel. It was something that he had wanted to do since he took office.
Thanks be to God, he was able to visit all the houses of the Fathers, and could meet all the sisters.
Of particular importance and interest was his visit to the St. Porphyry of Gaza IVE Community which is responsible for the pastoral care of the Holy Family parish and two schools. Also he stopped by the SSVM Community working pastorally in the Gaza Strip, and the school of the Sisters of the Rosary.
He also visited the communities of IVE in Beit Jala and Jerusalem and the Monastic Community in Sepphoris (a holy place where there is conserved the remains of the birthplace of St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Grandma of Child Jesus).
Providentially, he presided over the Solemn Mass of Our Patroness, the Virgin of Lujan. The Sacred Liturgy and the subsequent celebrations were in the chapel and the hall of the Child Jesus Home for the Disabled run by the SSVM in Bethlehem.
Fr. Walker also went on a pilgrimage to the principal Holy Places of our Redemption and met with His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal and the Bishop of Nazareth, Bishop Marcuzzo.
Fr. Walker spoke with all the priests present. He thanked them for the welcome. He congratulated all of them for their dedication and good spirit in the mission and for the inculturation achieved by our missionaries in the Holy Land. He encouraged them to move forward, bearing in mind the importance that the mission of our religious in the Holy Land holds for all the members of Our Religious Family.
For all of us his visit was a great occasion for our superiors to know firsthand the complex and fascinating reality of our presence here. So also we grow in our desire to serve the Church better each day in accordance with the spirit embodied in our Constitutions.
We thank Fr. Walker for his presence, advice, and homilies.
P. Gabriel Romanelli, IVE
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From Easter Sunday until the Saturday of the Octave, by the grace of God, we had the visit of the Superior General of the Institute, Fr. Carlos Walker. On that same Sunday, having just arrived, Fr. Walker participated along with the Bishop of Barbastro, Don Alfonso, in the blessing of the bust and the enthronement of the relic (blood) of Blessed John Paul the Great, in our beloved sanctuary of Our Lady of Pueyo. At the end of the event, and after a simple toast in the dining room of the guest house, he met with the bishop for an hour to discuss various issues relating to the Institute’s presence in the diocese of Barbarstro. Then we had dinner along with Bishop Alfonso.
The next day, Monday of the Octave of Easter, we received the first group of pilgrims to the Virgen del Pueyo, those from Berbegal and Barbastro, and with that, the cycle of pilgrimages for 2013 was initiated. At the request of the Bishop, the pilgrims were received by Fr. Carlos Walker, who gladly performed the traditional meeting of the crosses, presided at the Holy Mass, and reminded the faithful present of the importance of this holy place, where entire generations had prayed and were sanctified through their devotion to our Mother in Heaven, and of the eloquent testimony of the monks – martyrs, who will soon be beatified.
From Tuesday the 2nd until Thursday the 4th, we participated in the on-going formation meeting for the religious of the Province of “Nuestra Señora del Pilar”, in which Fr. Walker joined us. On Wednesday, he presided and preached at the Mass in the morning, and gave us two conferences: in the morning, on the theme: “The Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church” and, in the afternoon, on the proper law and spiritual life of the religious of IVE.
On Thursday morning, Father visited the Museum of the 51 Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro, a living and most eloquent testimony of fidelity to Christ.
On Friday the 5th, he was able to visit the city of Zaragoza along with another priest, and in particular he visited the Basilica of the Virgen del Pilar, patroness of Spain and of the Hispanic world.
On Saturday the 6th, after an intense week of canonical visit, he departed for the Eternal City.
We are immensely grateful to God for this fruitful and kind visit of our Father General, who wanted to share with us the Octave of Easter and to join us for the first on-going formation meeting of the nascent Spanish-French province “del Pilar”.
Fr. Emmanuel Ansaldi, IVE
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Rome, 14th of March, 2013
I write to you in my capacity as Superior General of the Institute of the Incarnate Word to congratulate you on your election as the Successor of Saint Peter.
I wish to express our total availability and obedience in the arduous task of the New Evangelization. At the same time, I wish to inform you that our missionaries – the majority of them fellow Argentines – who are spread out throughout the five continents pray for you and commend themselves to your prayers. In a particular way, those who give testimony of Christian charity in very difficult places, such as Gaza, Aleppo, Baghdad, and in the ex-USSR. Today, all of them unite their hearts to yours in Rome.
On a more personal level, I would like to mention that I am the nephew of Father Eduardo Peralta Ramos and the first cousin of Father Juan Luis Moyano Walker, both Jesuit priests and now deceased, and the nephew of José Peralta Ramos.
May Our Lady of Luján, Patroness of Argentina, intercede for you and make fruitful your Petrine Ministry in the service of the Universal Church.
Humbly requesting your blessing upon our small Institute, I remain
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE
To His Holiness Pope Francis
Vatican City, 00120
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Rome 14th March, 2013
Dear Father Provincials,
Last evening, we had the grace of being present in St. Peter’s Square when the white smoke was seen. It was a very special moment: The Square was filled with people who were praying under the rain with an incredible spirit and with a very contagious joy. There were people from all over the world: youth, elderly, religious, mothers with babies…
Last evening, we have again had the consoling fact of the election of a new Successor of St. Peter, “the Pope, the incarnate presence of the Truth, the Will and the Holiness of Christ”, which is “intimately united to the mystery of our religion, Who was manifested in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16), and therefore to our love” (Constitutions 12). In this concrete case, moreover, it has been the first Pope from Argentina, the place where our small religious family was born.
Hereby, I request you to invite all the houses in your respective jurisdictions to celebrate Masses of thanksgiving, for the intentions of His Holiness Pope Francis and for the fruits of his pontificate.
A warm farewell in Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Fr. Carlos Walker
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Last week we had the joy of welcoming our General Superior Fr. Carlos Walker. He arrived on Friday afternoon, and was able to see the Servidoras in action with the children of the Oratory.
Over the weekend, Fr. Carlos accompanied us during the Masses for the different Filipino and Icelandic communities.
On Monday, he met with the Bishop of Iceland and in the evening, he presided and preached at the Mass during the formation meeting for the IVE religious family who were working in the island (6 sisters and 2 priests).
On Tuesday, he accompanied us in the Mass presided by the Bishop, in which 13 priests concelebrated – the ones who are working in these lands. The intention for the Mass was to thank God for the eight years of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. After the Mass, we had dinner in the bishop’s residence, as we always do at the end of every clerical reunion. Fr. Walker, at the request of the bishop, addressed a few words to the priests in which he thanked them for the example and the work which they do for the Church in a country as special as Iceland.
On Wednesday we visited the northernmost foundation of SSVM. Fr. Walker got to know the beautiful village of Stykkishólmur where the sisters maintain the Catholic presence.
Early on Thursday, we said goodbye to Father at the airport.
We thank God for all the benefits received during the visit of our General Superior, and we also thank Fr. Carlos for his generous availability.
IVE Fathers in Iceland
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October, 2012 “The Fulton Sheen House of Formation had the great blessing of welcoming the General Superior of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, Fr. Carlos Walker, on his first visit to the United States as head of our religious congregation. Elected in 2010, Fr. Walker is the third General Superior of the Institute, succeeding Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, our Institute’s founder, and a member of the Institute’s original class. Although this visit is his first as General Superior, Fr. Walker is not unfamiliar with the States; 1989 found him in St. Gabriel’s Parish, Brooklyn, New York as one of the first IVE missionaries to this country, and the first Provincial Superior of the Province of the Immaculate Conception.
With his plane touching down on Monday, October 17th, Fr. Walker has kept a non-stop schedule, meeting bishops, speaking to the priests of the Institute, and presiding at various Masses, including the Feast of Bl. Pope John Paul II, during which many of the seminarians of the IVE either made or renewed their vows. These seminarians also had the privilege of Fr. Walker’s presence for three days during the Co-Patronal Feast of the Martyrs of Daimiel before he left to preach a five-day series of Spiritual Exercises for many of the priests of the province. Following the Exercises, Fr. Walker continued his visit throughout the province, visiting our foundations in Philadelphia and others.
Fr. Walker’s presence these several weeks has been and continues to be a great honor for our Province. We give Fr. Walker many thanks for this visit and commend him to Our Lord that He may continue to grant our General Superior wisdom and every blessing through our Heavenly Mother’s intercession as he continues to lead us, our Province, and our Institute in doing the will of God. Our Lady of Luján, pray for us!”.