The Sacrament of Holy Orders


   Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time.


   The Sacrament's three degrees (Episcopate, Presbyterate, and Diaconate) are conferred as follows:

  •    Bishops (Episcopate) receive the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which integrates them into the Episcopal College and makes them visible heads of the particular Church entrusted to them. As successors of the apostles and members of the college, the bishops share in the apostolic responsibility and mission of the whole Church under the authority of the Pope.

  •    Priests (Presbyterate or Presbyters) are united with the bishop in sacerdotal dignity and called to be the bishop's prudent co-workers in the exercise of their pastoral functions. They gather around their bishop who bears responsibility with them for a particular church. They receive from the bishop the charge of a parish community or determinate ecclesial office.

  •    Deacons (Diaconate) are ordained into the ministry of service to the Church. Transitional deacons are studying to be later ordained into the ministerial priesthood (Presbyterate) of the Church.  Permanent deacons remain always in the ministry of Deacon, but Deaconate ordination confers on them the functions of the Ministry of the Word, leadership and service in Divine Worship, and Service of Charity under the pastoral authority of their bishop, and in conjunction with the local Presbyters.

For additional information on vocations please contact the pastor.

Please use one of the links below to find out more about these Sacraments

Baptism Confirmation Eucharist Reconciliation Anointing Marriage Holy Orders
Last Revised: October 28, 2014