The following comes from a May 29 story in the Fresno Bee.
Victoria Selkirk on Sunday became the first person within the Diocese of Fresno to join a special order within the Roman Catholic Church for people who promise to live a life of chastity.
Those within the Order of Virgins continue to live “in the world” and do not reside in convents, like nuns. It’s estimated there are fewer than 300 in the United States, and between 5,000 and 6,000 worldwide.
Selkirk, 36, of Lemoore, will continue to work as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as a registered dietician.
Bishop Armando Ochoa administered a special ceremony during the Sunday morning Mass at St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, praying over Selkirk, who wore a long white wedding gown. Ochoa said she “awaits Christ, the bridegroom.”
Selkirk has had lots of friends try to play matchmaker over the years, but her heart was totally settled on Jesus Christ.
“One of my friends’ first questions was, ‘But what happens if you meet someone?’ ” Selkirk recalled earlier. “I said, ‘I’ve already met him, and he’s mine.’ ”
During Sunday’s ceremony, those in the pews prayed with Selkirk and the bishop, who also addressed each of the Catholic saints. Catholics believe a consecration calls down God’s grace upon a person.
“Lord, look with favor on this, your handmaiden, Victoria,” Ochoa prayed. “She places in your hands her resolve to live in chastity. You have offered her this, her intention; now she gives it to you in her heart. … You give to some the grace of virginity, yet the honor of marriage is in no way lessened.”
As a younger woman, Selkirk went on some dates, but never fell in love or felt a desire to be married – although she’s not against the institution of marriage.
“I will say that I’m attracted to men, there’s no doubt … but what’s set before me is so incredibly alluring; it’s Jesus Christ,” Selkirk said. “He draws me into his heart….”
May God bless this young women. How delightful to see a lady who wishes to pledge her life to Christ.
Wow..a total commitment to a life of service to God, country and humankind. A woman to be admired!
What a beautiful gift to God! I would love to hear this lovely young consecrated virgin speak, or read something she may write, regarding her holy vocation! I hope others may be inspired to follow her! I hope she is treated with respect, while serving in the Navy! I wonder if she took a religious name, like the nuns used to do (such as Mother Angelica)— at her consecration?
she knows that ordination is not the answer.
I was wondering: wouldn’t this kind of service be just the answer to the “deaconess” question? Couldn’t consecrated young women (or widows) serve poor women and children under vow to their bishops as did the “deaconesses” of the early Church?
Speaking of deaconesses — News form Rome: Pope Meets With Theologian Who Advocates Female Deacons. See article @ https://www.onepeterfive.com
It started on May 12th, 2016 with the pope’s casual statement of ‘setting up a committee to study deaconesses’ in the church. Today, 3 weeks later, it has been reported that an international meeting ALREADY occurred on June 4th with ‘advocates strongly supporting’ female deacons. These men, Sanders & Kressling from Germany, meet with the pope. Set-up? May God deliver us from all destroyers and confusion within the C. Church.
The article says the vow is to live chastely. That is not celebacy. I thought all were supposed to live chastely. Is the vow for her lifetime? What if she meets a human male? Can she marry him?
Pope Frances’ study may redefine the role of Deacon to include all of the many skills God has give twenty-first century Women. We’ll see.
I am the woman portrayed in the above article, and my vocation is an intimate call from God, to follow Him and align my life more closely to His Son’s (whom, by the way, the Church recognizes the CV to be betrothed to). Why would I ever want to marry a future human, when I am considered to be married to “He who created the stars, and set the Sun on high?”. My fulfillment in Him has been made complete by the Consecration bestowed upon me. This is our oldest form of consecrated life in the Holy Church, dating back to 300 AD when our earliest female Saints (Agatha, Agnes, Lucy) were consecrated under the exact same Rite. I am blessed, indebted to my beloved Bishop and Diocese and I fully intend to use my witness to bless others.
Also, I am so appreciative for those who are supportive. Thank you so much for your prayers and kindness. We live in a while unbelieving world which scorns God and I hope to somehow (with His grace) leave a lasting impression upon others that He is real, and full of mercy. God bless my brothers and sisters here!
Victoria, God bless you, for your words. “He is real, and full of mercy.” Thank you, for your public witness regarding the importance of understanding the entire meaning of what compels you to embrace the very powerful virtue of chastity. In Catholic morality, chastity is placed opposite the deadly sin of lust. The world so desperately needs consistent witnesses and you are a reminder and beautiful sign of contradiction to the world. God also bless and protect our beloved priests who have been persecuted for aligning themselves to Christ by courageously choosing to be a sign of contradiction to the world. May God continue to bless you!
Also, it is a call to perpetual virginity (for Kingdom’s sake), not simply chastity (which is what the article mistakenly words it as). There are no vows taken or offered by the CV. She presents herself (as a virgin prepared to live perpetually as such, of course) to her Bishop, who then consecrates her (ie the work is done by the Holy Spirit, which descends upon the woman, versus her herself offering her vows). It is unique a form of commitment in that a consecration (unlike vows or promises) is non-dispensable (I can’t undo what I didn’t myself offer. Only the Holy Spirit can undo it) Hopefully, this helps clarify a little. God bless!
God be with you, Victoria. May Our Blessed Mother pray for you.
Thank you Victoria for blessing us!
Please pray for me!
Thank you so much, Victoria, for your beautiful posts, explaining your blessed new life, as a Consecrated Virgin! How beautiful! It reminds me of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also a consecrated virgin! I hope other young Catholic women will be inspired to follow in your footsteps! I hope someday, you will write a book about your life! It would be a precious gift to all of us! Thanks so much!
Thanks for the clarification. My unartful inquiry was not intended to diminish Victoria’s commitment.
Victoria, THANKS BE TO GOD for your great BLESSING!
As many good folks have already expressed, please consider: keeping a journal, write a book, start a blog, share this God given blessing in a story from beginning to end. This would be a much needed good deed in a weary world. God bless you always…..
Dear Victoria, With humility I request your prayers for my 3 daughters who struggle with their sexuality. I am grateful to you. Daniel
Such charitable sense of kindness and community abounds here! Thank you for your prayers, and know that I will be earnestly praying for all of you here. We need one anothers’ prayers and supplications, so please pray for me, as I will for you! <3