38 year old High school teacher Jessica Hayes is one of 230 consecrated virgins in the US who have vowed to never have sex or marry a living person and so over the weekend, she married the son of God, ‘Jesus Christ’ in a ceremony that attracted hundreds of people.
The consecrated virgins are similar to nuns in that they live chaste lives. But they do not live in convents and they are not obliged to take on any particular work for the Catholic Church. However, most volunteer for their local diocese or Church associations.
Hayes, who is a theology teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, said she decided to become a consecrated virgin after years of prayer and soul-searching.
‘My students asked if they should call me Mrs. Hayes when I come back to school next week, and no, I’m still Ms,’ she said. ‘But I am married to Jesus.’
‘I think that in some sense, we’re all called to be married. It’s just a matter of discerning how. So, my marriage is to Christ and someone else’s marriage is to their spouse,’ she told WANE.
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