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Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which those already consecrated by Baptism and Confirmation for the common priesthood of all the faithful can receive particular consecrations.  Those who receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God.”  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 (bishop), presbyterate (priest), and diaconate (deacon).

For more information about Holy Orders, visit the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations website.