The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on 4 July 2018 released an Instruction on the vocation and witness of consecrated virgins, entitled Ecclesiae Sponsae imago (“The image of the Church as the Bride”). In briefly outlining the history of consecrated virgins and how the Church again recognized their special significance in the Christian community at the time of the Second Vatican Council, the Instruction notes (no. 10) that “there has been a real revival of the Ordo virginum [Order of Virgins], whose vitality is evident in the rich variety of personal charisms placed at

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