This speaks for itself:
On August 7, 2012, I celebrated my 20th anniversary of consecrating my life to Christ. Much has happened during those 20 years, discoveries and events that I could never have imagined. There was sin and pain contrasted by love and joy, failures and difficulties woven through triumphs and accomplishments, darkness and blindness followed by enlightenment and clarity. Although I didn’t use the words “in good times and bad, for richer and for poor, in sickness and in health, until death do us part…” but isn’t that what I promised Christ, poverty, chastity and obedience? I love my vocation to be consecrated to Christ in Regnum Christi, despite all our past history of errors, there has been a lot of good. Personally, I have received so much! I have discovered and known deeply Christ as my best friend, my spouse, my God. I don’t think I have a right to tell God He made a mistake in calling me to this group or that He should make sure things are done differently or that I will throw in the towel until He straightens things out a bit more. Humanly, it sure would be nice to have a different past, a simpler future. However, I continue to believe in the Regnum Christi Movement not because everything is done right but I trust in our papal delegate; and in God’s presence and His capacity to make Himself known through us, despite us!
One of the consecrated set up 20 votive candles on an altar of a small chapel in our house and left me the rite of consecration. There, with my hands on the altar of sacrifice, I renewed my promises of poverty, chastity and obedience to Christ. Thank you, Jesus, for the grace of perseverance thus far! Sustain me for another 20 years or until I join you for eternity! Thank you Jesus for your love and friendship, your trust in me despite my weaknesses!
It cannot go unsaid: these consecrations are not recognised by the Church, and do not fit the prescribed norms that apply to real Consecrated Virgins.
The consecrated virgin lives in full communion with the Church through her spiritual bond with her Bishop, the representative of Jesus Christ in her diocese; and she shares in the concerns of her diocese through their on-going communication. The consecrated virgin is responsible to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. She receives the sacraments regularly and is faithful to private prayer. She keeps as a special focus of her prayer the intentions of her Bishop and clergy and the needs of her diocese. Consecrated virginity is a distinct form of consecrated life in the Church. Therefore, while it is related to other forms of consecrated life, it is not identical to any of them. The consecrated virgin living in the world, as expressed in Canon 604, is irrevocably "consecrated to God, mystically espoused to Christ and dedicated to the service of the Church, when the diocesan bishop consecrates [her] according to the approved liturgical rite."
ADDENDUM: I'll leave the response to Therese Ivers, JSL, OCV
Allow me to briefly clarify a few things.
Consecrated Virgins do NOT make promises or vows of any kind to their bishop. Like a priest, the bishop prays the prayer of consecration over them and they become the Bride of Christ. The Consecrated Virgin is a member of the Order of Virgins (like a priest whether he's diocesan or religious is in the Order of Presbyters), but it's not a Religious order. She reports to her bishop directly, who represents Christ to her in her apostolic works.
A laywoman with private promises is not in the consecrated state. She *might* be imitating those in the consecrated state (like apostolic society members imitate religious life but remain lay or ordained), but she is not living a Church form of consecrated life (except approved forms and apparently RC is not one because they were approved as a third order kind of movement with LC) and she is not in the consecrated state.
Private vows are just that. Private. You can make a private vow to make a pilgrimage to Our lady of Knock shrine. You can promise poverty, chastity, and obedience (I do NOT recommend this if you are a layperson not attached to any Church recognized group that is capable of receiving the promise - and the RC groups do not qualify as being legitimate superiors to whom one may promise obedience and have these promises received in the name of the Church which is a requirement for consecrated life (not to mention consecrated state which is an entirely different thing altogether). Your pastor can dispense you from any and all private vows that don't harm the rights of another. As a matter of fact, I discourage all laywomen who ask from making any private vows of obedience and poverty because it doesn't make sense outside of a communal environment with an authentic superior and the ability to share the burden of administering property.
Again, CVs are not 3gfs nor or 3gfs CVs for the simple reason that they are ontologically different. CVs do NOT make vows or promises as part of their vocation. NONE. They represent the Church. They are given a special annointing of the Holy Spirit. They alone specifically share the title of Bride of Christ with the Church (as one CV pointed out in a post at Phatmass. They are commissioned to be "apostles in the Church and in the world", they are told to do the works of mercy. They have a special bond with the bishop. They are in the consecrated state not lay state. They are consecrated body and soul as a bride of Christ. None of these things are true of 3gfs. They are laywomen making private promises to God that in all probability are invalid anyway given the circumstances, bound together in a rather destructive social group with only a slightly higher standing in the Church than the local parish bingo group or the some other random group. They were not and are not consecrated. They are dedicated. Consecration comes from the ministry of the Church upon those to be consecrated in approved forms of life or institutes.
I would say the the RC structure - if it were to become a form of consecrated life - would be most similar to a Secular Institute or even a Society of Apostolic Life. They don't even come close to imitating the Order of Virgins (consecrated virgins).