Three women have been consecrated as virgins in a rare ceremony in Detroit.

Such a consecration had never taken place before in the archdiocese. As far as records show, it was the first time in the United States that three women had committed their lives at the same time in this way.

The women, who stood in white dresses before the altar of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, are “brides of Christ” confirming their intention to dedicate their lives to God in perpetual virginity.

“It’s a promise that we make to be faithful to Christ all our life,” Theresa Jordan said. “[We] make him a promise of our virginity as a gift back to him.”

“Making a resolution to live in perfect chastity my whole life, I get to testify that God satisfies. He is enough,” Karen Ervin added.

The order of virgins, whose members are known as “consecrated virgins living in the world”, dates back to the beginning of the Church. “If you’ve heard of St Cecilia or Agnes or Lucy, they were all virgins living in the world,” said the third bride, Laurie Malashanko.

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