Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a common priesthood of believers.  We are all called to participate in Christ’s mission. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops and priests are given a special role in carrying out this mission.  Deacons also receive a special grace through Ordination and are called to assist the ministry of bishops and priests (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1547, 1554).

Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God.” The ordained ministers exercise their service for the Church by teaching, divine worship, and pastoral governance.  They serve as representatives of Christ to the Church, proclaimers of the Word, pastoral ministers, presiders of the Eucharist, builders of community, missionaries, advocates for the poor, and servants.

For more information about Vocations and vocational discernment, please contact the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Vocations Web Page, or contact the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890 or stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org.