April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:28 p.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A 60-year-old St. Louis woman made history for
her diocese yesterday by marrying Jesus.
Cathy Maley took part in the rare Catholic rite of becoming a
consecrated virgin. As opposed to nuns, who also ritualistically
marry Jesus, consecrated virgins keep their day jobs and must
financially support themselves.
Maley is a former teacher. She says she's known since she was a
teenager that she would remain a virgin and serve God. But she says
she didn't want to have to live in a convent as a nun but
evangelize in the secular world.
Archbishop Raymond Burke presided over Maley's almost two-hour
ceremony, which he says was the first in the St. Louis
Archdiocese's history and the third he's ever performed. Maley is
now one of only 175 American consecrated virgins still alive.