what is holy orders?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "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: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate." (CCC, 1536). "This sacrament configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ's instrument for his Church. By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet, and king." (CCC, 1581).
Are you thinking about becoming a Priest?
Answer these questions in your heart:
1. Do I hear God calling me?
2. Do I have a desire to serve?
3. Do I feel the Lord's presence in the Eucharist?
4. Do I have a capacity to love?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then God may be calling you to a life in the Priesthood.
The journey to the Priesthood is a process that includes prayer and the help of many supportive people. The decision is something that is not completely made until the time for ordination draws near. In the meantime you gain an education that not only helps you to better understand the ways of the world, but most especially the ways of God's Kingdom.
To help and support you in your discernment, take a look at Vocation Boom! Voted Top New Website by the USCCB. www.vocationboom.com
Adult men who are discerning a vocation to the Priesthood should contact Rev. Fr. Rick Fischer, Vicar General (541) 388-4004.
(Information taken in part from Diocese of Baker website)