[Website last updated: 13 September 2020]


  • English translations of talks and homilies presented at the Rome 2008 Congress-Pilgrimage of the Ordo virginum, plus the text of the two talks given in English by Judith Stegman and then Archbishop Raymond Burke.
  • The 1970 Rite of Consecration in Latin and English.
  • Different interpretations of Praenotanda 5a—“never married or lived in public or open violation of chastity”—of the rite of consecration by two dicasteries: CDWDS and CICLSAL.
  • Excerpts from Church documents relating to the Ordo virginum.
  • Reflections on canon 604 taken from Father René Metz’s work.
  • The bond between the Diocesan Bishop and the Ordo virginum, using excerpts from the Instruction Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago and other sources.
  • The biblical foundation, and the nature and value, of Christian virginity, using excerpts from various sources.
  • Selected comments gathered from the internet on the 2018 Instruction Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago.
  • Official statistics from responses to the 2015 questionnaire on the Ordo virginum sent by CICLSAL to bishops’ conferences.
  • Timeline of the Ordo virginum.
  • table indicating the origin of each element of the 1970 and pre-1970 consecration rites, using the work of Father René Metz.
  • A brief history of the Ordo virginum, from the Instruction Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago.
  • A longer history of the consecration of virgins, taken from Father René Metz’s work.
  • NEW! Origin and history of the marriage rite (on which the consecration rite is modelled) taken from Father René Metz’s work.


A personal website of Bernadette Chen, consecrated virgin (Ordo virginum), consecrated in 1998 in the Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand, and now residing in the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand.