The Sacrament of Holy Orders
The Sacrament of Holy Orders was instituted by Jesus Christ to provide the Church with ministers to celebrate the Sacraments. He chose the Apostles, giving them the power to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ “Do this in memory of me” and to forgive sins “Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven”. The Apostles ordained other ministers (priests) by the imposition of hands, an external and visible rite. There are three Holy Orders: Bishops, Priests and Deacons.
It is our duty to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and for our priests, so that the administration of the Sacraments may continue and we may be nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ.
For information about the encouragement of vocations to the Priesthood please see the Diocesan website.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church – Holy Orders (on this site)
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church Online – Index
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church – Holy Orders (Vatican website)
- Religious Ministries Website
- Catholics Online Website
- The Website of the National Office for Vocation
Hear our Bishop Philip’s call to Vocations
Frequently Asked Questions
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