What is the United States Association of Consecrated Virgins?
What is the United States
Association of Consecrated Virgins?
The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins (USACV) is a voluntary association for women in the United States who have received the Consecration of Virgins for women living in the world, according to the pertinent provisions of Canon Law. The Association is formed in accord with Canon 604.2, "Virgins can be associated together to fulfill their pledge more faithfully and to assist each other to serve the Church in a way that befits their state."
The objectives of the association are threefold:
1. to foster communication, solidarity, and support among consecrated virgins living within the jurisdiction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
2. to encourage ongoing in-depth growth of understanding of consecrated virginity, along with other consecrated virgins throughout the world; and
3. to promote an accurate understanding of the nature of the vocation of consecrated virginity through programs of education, printed materials and other media, especially for those contemplating the vocation of consecrated virginity lived in the world.
Eligibility for full, voting membership: Women living within the jurisdiction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who have received the Consecratio of Virgins for Women Living in the World, under the provisions of canon 604 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Affiliate membership: The Association also offers "friend" memberships to candidates for the consecration, consecrated virgins in other countries, and all others interested in supporting the vocation of consecrated virginity.
The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins is officially recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Episcopal Moderator for the USACV is the Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea, Bishop of Lansing.