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Bishop Walkowiak celebrates Mass for the Consecration of a Virgin Oct. 7

Image: Marjorie Ann Giesken, consecrated virginMarjorie Giesken first considered a vocation to life as a consecrated virgin in 1988. Now, thirty years later, she will enter that vocation during a Mass with the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity Living in the World on Oct. 7.  The public is invited to attend.


Mass for the Consecration of a Virgin
for Marjorie Ann Giesken

Bishop David Walkowiak, celebrant
Date & time:
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 11 a.m.
St. Paul the Apostle Church
2750 Burton St.
Grand Rapids, 49546

Marjorie was born in Chesaning, Michigan, one of five siblings including a brother and three sisters. She was a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister for 17 years. She taught in Grand Rapids for 42 years at Marywood's Montessori school, Stepping Stones Montessori, and in the Grand Rapids Public Schools' Montessori program. Her formation for life as a consecrated virgin has involved two years of formation and study. In her new vocation, Marjorie plans to serve in the diocese accompanying and working with individuals who are homebound and ill; in local food pantries, and in parish ministries including at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. 

She writes "For a long time now, I have been searching for a way to give my life totally to Christ. The vocation of Consecrated Virginity Lived in the World was suggested to me many years ago. I did not listen to the call until recently. Through discernment and study, I have come to know this is what I have been searching for."

About Consecrated Virginity

St. Paul noted that those who were married must necessarily be anxious about the world and the good of their spouses, whereas "a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit." (1 Cor. 7:34)

The lives of the saints reveal that from the earliest days of the Church women have taken St. Paul's advice and committed themselves to having no other spouse but Christ. As years passed, the Church developed a liturgical rite to solemnize this consecration of virginity, but it also restricted that rite to women living in seclusion from the world. This changed in 1970 when Blessed Pope Paul VI reopened the rite of consecration to women who wished to give themselves exclusively to Christ without entering a cloister.

Consecrated virginity within the world is also different from the lives of active religious sisters who live out vows of poverty and obedience within a religious community. Instead, under the guidance of their bishop, consecrated virgins develop a plan or rule of life that will best allow them to serve the Church according to their own natural and spiritual gifts. Through their life among us in the world, consecrated virgins provide us with a sign of the Church's love for Christ and of the life that will be ours in the kingdom of heaven.

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