29-year-old Bernadette Synder recently became what the Catholic church calls a 'consecrated virgin.' This calling, which should not be confused with the sworn virgins of Albania, is considered by the Catholic church "as much a formal vocation as the priesthood or religious orders of nuns." From the article:
Wearing a white sundress and big pink earrings, Snyder knelt in May as Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo laid hands on hers in the rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity of Women Living in the World. He also slipped onto her ring finger a gold band - a symbol of her spousal relationship with Jesus Christ.
"He completes me," Snyder said. "I don't even know if marriage is the proper term; I feel like he's my husband."