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:

The USACV has as its primary purpose to foster communication, solidarity, and support among United States consecrated virgins. The USACV and International Resource Center for the Ordo Virginum (IRC) operate as one organization to offer educational materials and programs of education about the vocation, as well as to encourage study and growth of understanding of the vocation of consecrated virginity lived in the world. Members of the USACV approved a change in the operating statutes (bylaws) of the USACV to incorporate the new IRC section, effective January 1, 2019. The first few years of the IRC will be transitional as we develop an online center to serve the vocation, primarily in English, yet also in Spanish. 

Episcopal Moderator:The USACV-IRC is in full communion with the Magisterium of the Church, and is linked to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops through an Episcopal Moderator. We are grateful to The Most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, for serving in the capacity of Episcopal Moderator for the USACV-IRC.

Membership in the USACV:Eligibility for full, voting membership: women living within the jurisdiction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who have been consecrated in accord with the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity for Women Living in the World, under the provisions of canon 604 of the Code of Canon Law. Copies of the Organizational Statutes of the USACV-IRC are available upon request.

Application and Annual Renewals: Initial membership in the USACV is by application, and is then renewed annually. Please see forms below. 

Affiliate Membership: The USACV-IRC 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 lived in the world. 


Paper forms can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

USACV Initial Membership Application Form

USACV 2024 Annual Member Registration Form

USACV 2024 Annual Friend Registration Form

To fill out your 2024 Member or Friend membership form online: