Consecrated virginity is among the oldest forms of consecrated life in the Church. A fruit of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council was the restoration of this solemn consecration for virgins living in the world; the revised Rite was promulgated on May 31, 1970. Through this sacramental at the hands of the Diocesan Bishop, the Church receives the gift of virginity offered by the woman and calls down upon her the grace of the Holy Spirit. She enters a public state of consecrated life in the Church and receives the ancient title “Bride of Christ”, a title shared with the Church herself.
Contact the Hamilton Diocese Office for Vocations for information regarding discernment groups.