Consecrated Virginity

Virginity Without Humility Is Vanity
- St. Augustine  

Consecrated Virginity is a perpetual commitment, following Christ more closely, consecrated to God by the diocesan bishop, betrothed mystically to Christ the Son of God, dedicated to the service of the Church.
- from Canon 604, CCL 1983

God Calls 
Total Gift of Self For the Sake of the Kingdom of Heaven 

  • a public vocation individually lived in the world
  • secular mode of life self-supporting, regular job, own living arrangements, own clothes, retirement provisions
  • consecration is received in the Ceremony within the Ritual Mass
  • ring is the sign of fidelity in espousals to God
  • annual group meeting with the Archbishop
  • annual individual conference with Delegate
  • local and regional activities and projects
  • optional membership in U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins, as voting member, or as Friend

Saying Yes To God  

  • in the state of virginity (never married)
  • maturity, stability, tranquility of life
  • variable period of discernment, candidacy – can be several years
  • individual conferences with Delegate, others
  • opportunities to meet others in discernment and consecrated virgins

Information Conference in Chicago every August, from a Thursday pm to Sunday am.

Annual Convocation in St. Louis every summer for four days, for those who have attended Information Conference, and for all consecrated virgins:

  • download order forms for printed, electronic, audio, and visual materials
  • The Lamp, newsletter several times a year
  • History Outline 
  • Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
  • holy women who served Jesus, His disciples
  • Thecla, who followed St. Paul
  • early virgin martyrs, mentioned in Canon I of the Mass
  • Church Fathers – e.g., Jerome, John Chrysostom, Gregory Nazianzen, Basil, Leavder, Ambrose, Augustine – treatises and letters
  • Benedictine Order has retained the Consecration, with the profession of vows
  • 1100’s-1900’s: development of Orders, Institutes, Congregations in the West
  • Eastern churches have always kept the simple form of consecrated life
  • early 1900’s – initiatives in France (Anne LeFlaive)
  • 1970 – Promulgation of the restored ancient Rite
  • 1995 – Worldwide Pilgrimage to Rome, Special Audience with Pope John Paul II
  • 1995 – founding of USACV

Sister Germana Santos, F.S.P. Delegate for Religious Tel: 617-746-5637

USACV (U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins) 
300 West Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48933-1577