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Woman marries Jesus to become one of world’s few ‘consecrated virgins’

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 11:42:11-04

FT. WAYNE, Ind. – Hundreds came out Saturday to watch an Indiana woman become a consecrated virgin.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and the assembly congratulate Jessica Hayes, a theology teacher from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, who on Saturday, Aug. 15, was consecrated to a life of virginity. Hayes is the first consecrated virgin of the diocese since the late Sister Jane Carew was consecrated Dec. 8, 1990. Courtesy: Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and the assembly congratulate Jessica Hayes, a theology teacher from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, who on Saturday, Aug. 15, was consecrated to a life of virginity. Hayes is the first consecrated virgin of the diocese since the late Sister Jane Carew was consecrated Dec. 8, 1990. Courtesy: Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese

Jessica Hayes, 38, wore a wedding dress for the ceremony, in which she is considered the bride and Jesus Christ is the groom.

Hayes is the first woman to become a consecrated virgin in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese in the last 25 years.

The position is different from that of a nun in she is still considered a “lay” person.

There are roughly 3,000 consecrated virgins in the world and more than 200 in the United States.

See more on this story from WANE here.