Archbishop Charles J. Chaput celebrated the Solemn Mass of Consecration to the Life of Virginity of Jennifer Lynn Settle on the feast of the Presentation of our Lord, Feb. 2, 2017 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The Mass was preceded by a holy hour in the chapel.

The Rite of Consecration, one of the oldestĀ rituals in the Catholic Church, is a recognized vocation apart from religious life, marriage, the lay state, or ordained clergy. By the virtue of chastity, the virgin preserves her virginal state so that she may be totally for Christ and in Christ for others.

Learn about Settle and consecrated virginity here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)