Another form of consecrated life is consecrated virginity. Consecrated virgins are women who publicly vow to live in perpetual virginity as an exclusive spouse of Christ. One of the first consecration rites established in the early Church, the consecration of a virgin in the world was mostly forgotten during much of Church history until its restoration after the Second Vatican Council. While consecrated virginity resembles religious life, women don’t belong to a religious community. A consecrated virgin continues to be a part of the local Church, under the authority of her bishop, in service to their home diocese. For more information, check the website: consecratedvirgins.org.