In a culture where sex and sexuality flash like neon, where promiscuity seems to coil on every street corner, it’s no wonder the faith-driven course of Anne Inkret and Celeste Thomas seems utterly strange.
Inkret and Thomas are consecrated virgins, brides of Jesus Christ, adherents of a calling that is almost as old as the Catholic Church itself.
Unlike nuns, who frequently live in a community of their own, consecrated virgins do not.
In fact, it is required that they live in the world and support themselves. As such, Thomas is a speech pathologist for Aurora Public Schools. Inkret, a former critical-care nurse, is a Red Cross volunteer in crisis and grief intervention.
…”For a while, I got questions like ‘Why would you do that? What will you do if meet Mr. Right, the perfect guy?’ ” says Inkret, 43.
With her perpetually shy smile, she adds, “I said, ‘I already have.’ “