Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thuse it is the Sacrament of apostolic ministry. CCC 1536
Our bishops, priests, and deacons are all ordained to preach the Good News, celebrate sacraments, and offer pastoral care. Acting in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), they represent headship, service, and fatherhood.
Religious life is a special life, distinct from holy orders, dedicated to charisms, or gifts. Different communities focus on different ways of living their discipleship, but each generally focuses on three pillars, namely, chastity, poverty, and obedience. Choosing this life is a focused effort of prayer and service.
Our bishops, priests, brothers and sisters sustain the Church in a necessary way through their prayers and service. We should all be encouraged to discern well the call we might have from God, and to foster this same discernment within our families.
Contact Fr. Will Thompson for more information on prayerfully considering Holy Orders or religious life.
Prayer For Religious Vocations
Oh God, we earnestly ask you to bless this diocese with many priests, brothers, and sisters, who will love you with their whole strength, and will gladly spend their entire lives to serve your Church, and to make you known and loved.
Bless our families, bless our children. Choose from our homes those needed for your work.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us. Pray for our priests, brothers, and sisters. Obtain for us many more.