VocationsCatholic NewsConsecrated Virgin. Following this period, formal formation can begin, which should last two or three years. For the first time in more than 2, years, the religious authority in Rome has decreed that consecrated virgins We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Home News Sport Business. Once they have joined the vocation, they wear wedding rings and cannot marry or engage in sexual relationships. The little-known vocation of consecrated virginity When speaking about vocational life, the first people who come to mind are often married
The first part of the document explores the vocation and witness of the Order of Virgins.
Vatican publishes norms on consecrated virgins
Pope Paul VI restored the Order of Virgins ingiving back to the Church a form of life which offers her a reflection of her own nature as Spouse of Christ. Please refresh the page and retry. Yet Pope Francis, in his instruction " Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago ," wrote that "the Church's virginal, spousal and fruitful love for Christ is not reducible to the symbol of physical integrity," the unbroken hymen. The instruction states that consecrated virgins are connected to the particular Church [diocese] in which they received formation and consecration, serving the local Church community under the authority of the bishop. Consecrated virgins say they are "disappointed" by the Vatican's new guidance that literal virginity is not necessary.