Holy Orders

"You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you" (John 15:16).

Our Lord Jesus, from the beginning of His earthly ministry, called twelve men to be His Apostles. These men would be sent into the world to proclaim the good news of salvation for all people. Through the laying on of the hands of a bishop, and through the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Lord continues to call men to the Sacrament of Holy Orders so that the saving mission of Christ may continue in the Church. The bishops, who are the successors of the Apostles, are ordained to lead a diocese by ensuring that the faith and morals experienced and lived by the holy people of God are authentic to the Truth given by Christ and entrusted to the Church.

The priests, who assist the bishops with his mission, are also charged with the task of enabling the faithful to receive the life of Christ daily, primarily through the sacraments and through a life of prayer. Deacons are ordained to assist the priests, to proclaim the gospel, and to assist at mass. But arguably the most import role of the deacon is to be the hands and voice of Christ to the most needy and vulnerable in our midst, especially the sick and the poor.

If you are a young man who feels that the Lord may be calling you to the Holy Priesthood, or if you are a male parishioner and feel the Lord might be calling you to the Diaconate, please contact Fr. Jerry or Fr. Kyle. You also are invited to explore the reference links below.

Important Links

 

Diocese of Peoria Office of Vocations

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Holy Orders