The Catholic Church recognizes the call to the single life, especially if one professes the evangelical councils of poverty, chastity and obedience either privately or in a public, church approved state in life. There are several forms of consecrated life outside of religious life which a single person may be called: eremtic life (hermit, anchorite or anchoress), consecrated virgin, secular institutes (singles who live on their own but are part of a spiritual community), and societies of apostolic life. These forms of consecrated life are unknown to most Catholics. Check out the USCCB (Us Bishops) website on Forms of Consecrated Life for more info. I'm glad I did. Spread the word to other single Catholics who feel called by God to remain single for the sake of serving Him with their entire selves.

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