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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Consecrated Virgins

Consecrated virginity is a vocation that pre-dates religious life for women but has lost favour over the centuries with the rise of other forms of religious life for women but is experiencing a revival. Though some members of religious communities may also become consecrated virgins, one does not have to be a member of a religious community to become a consecrated virgin.

For the purposes of this post I have read everything I can get my hands on about consecrated virginity. Despite this my knowledge is still painfully limited and I cannot possibly explain everything for you better than others have already done so. So for the sakes of simplicity, clarity and accuracy I turn you over to those much more well-informed than myself. The links provided below give much better information that I could ever hope to.

Consecrated Virgins
Sponsa Christi - this a great blog by a young consecrated virgin and gives a lot of great resources
Espoused to Him - another blog by a consecrated virgin
United States Association of Consecrated Virgins - provides information on consecrated virginity

Church Documents
Vita Consecrata - on the consecrated life and its mission in the Church and in the world
Sacra Virginitas - on consecrated virginity
Apostolorum Successores - pastoral ministry of Bishops
Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity - this comes from Sponsa Christi (linked above)

Consecrated Virginity - a short document on consecrated virginity from the Diocese of Salford
Consecrated Virginity - another short article on consecrated virginity from the Diocese of Shrewsbury

Saints Who Were Consecrated Virgins NB: This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few examples.

St. Margaret of Antioch
St. Felicula of Rome
St. Cecilia of Rome
St. Apollonia of Alexandria
St. Paula of Nicomedia
St. Domnina of Terni
St. Sophia of Fermo
St. Digna of Rome
St. Emerita of Rome


  1. Thank you kindly for mentioning my blog, Espoused to Him at The vocation and life of a consecrated virgin are most beautiful, and I am so happy and willing to share this gift of our Beloved Lord Jesus with anyone and everyone. Rejoicing In Him, Alice Claire Mansfield, Consecrated Virgin, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

  2. Some consecrated virgins – from Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines – have created a new blog. We want to share the vocation – how to discern about the vocation– and to teach others – about what it is. One of us is a theology lecturer – she has two doctorates – in systematic theology and sacramental theology. One is a canon lawyer. I studied classics first -- and then became a nurse. I then began another degree – in patristics – but my studies are interrupted.


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