Q: What is a consecrated virgin?[She's not a religious. She lives in the world, and has a day job. At dinner, one of the priests was telling us that he knows a consecrated virgin who works as a cardiologist. It's a beautiful vocation!]
A: A consecrated virgin is a woman who is a spouse to Christ, that Christ has called to be his bride. The bishop consecrates her through the church to our Lord as his spouse.
Q: Does that mean celibacy?
A: Yes. It means everything is consecrated - one's virginity, one's entire life, that Christ is foremost. Everything in one's life is centered on Christ.
Q: Why did you choose to become one?
A: Because [Christ] invited me to it. It's really a personal invitation, of seeking God's will. I looked into religious life in college, discerned that wasn't it and then was really open to marriage. . . . It really comes down to an invitation from him, just as a woman would be proposed to.
What a powerful witness!
Here's a website about Consecrated Virginity.
Keep her in your prayers!