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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1536)
Ordination is the rite by which the Sacrament of Holy Orders is bestowed. The Bishop confers the Sacrament of Holy Orders by the laying on of hands which confers on a man the grace and spiritual power to celebrate the Church’s Sacraments.
St. Mary of the Assumption works with the Diocesan Vocations Office to promote vocations to the priesthood and deaconate. If you would like more information regarding the Sacrament of Holy Orders, please call the parish office, or contact the Vocations Director at the Diocese of Gaylord (www.dioceseofgaylord.org).