What is Holy Orders?
Holy Orders refers to the ordination of a deacon, priest, or bishop. These men are ordained for service in the Church. Permanent deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach, and assist the priest at Mass. Sacramentally, priests consecrate the Eucharist at Mass, hear confessions, heal the sick, baptize, and prepare couples for marriage. Their specific ministry may vary depending on whether they are ordained as a Diocesan or Religious Order priest. In addition to all the responsibilities of deacons and priests, bishops are entrusted as successors of the Apostles to lead and guide the Catholic Church.
Who is called to Holy Orders?
Young men who hear God's call are invited to explore the possibility of becoming a deacon or priest. Christ continues to call disciples to lead and guide, to heal and teach, in every generation. What is Jesus calling you to do with your life?
Memorial Bricks for Ordination
Customizable Memorial Bricks offer a lasting way for our parish to remember an ordination or religious profession. Please visit our Memorial Bricks page to see our placement and size options.
That's wonderful! As the Holy Spirit continues to encourage you to serve his Church in this awesome way, consider talking first to a priest at your parish so he can pray for you and connect you with the vocation director of the diocese. Take a look at the Cleveland Catholic Priesthood website to learn more. Contact our Diocesan vocation director, Fr. Michael McCandless, to set up a time to meet to discuss your vocation, to tour the seminary, and to meet some of the seminarians!