Holy Orders


VATICAN CITY- SEPTEMBER 29:  Pope Benedict XVI (2nd R) attends the ordination ceremony of six new bishops at Saint Peter's Basilica on September 29, 2007 in Vatican City.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pope Benedict XI

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as “the sacrament of apostolic ministry.”

“Ordination” comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate.


Holy Orders (diaconate and priesthood) – please contact the diocesan vocations director through vocations@menevia.org or take a look at the Vocations Office or UK Priest websites.


If you are looking to become a monk, nun, religious sister, hermit or lead any type of consecrated life, please also contact the diocesan vocations director.



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