top of page

Sacrament of

Holy Orders

From the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way. 

"Here I am, send me." (Is 6:8)

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults



To help those discerning their Vocations and form those who have identified their Vocations.


​Diocesan Priests
A diocesan priest is based in a particular diocese, where his mission is to serve the daily sacramental and pastoral needs of his parish. His parish is assigned to him by the bishop of his diocese. 

Diocesan priests take vows of obedience and celibacy, but do not take the additional vow of poverty observed by religious priests.

Religious Priests
Priests from religious orders are not based in a particular diocese. Instead, a religious priest is assigned by his superior where he will live and perform his ministry. This could be in the U.S. or another country. As such, the life of the religious priest is largely dependant upon what his talents are and where his superior sends him. 

The mission of a religious priest is to serve the Church in the ministry areas of teaching, preaching, outreach to the poor, and other special areas of need. 

Like diocesan priests, religious priests also take vows of obedience and celibacy. But, in addition to these vows, religious priests also take the vow of poverty renouncing any personal property or salary.


​Religious Life

Apostolic religious life is a form of consecrated life within the Church wherein members (these can be brothers, sisters, or religious priests) take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience within a religious order recognized by the Church. 

bottom of page