In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
This sacrament has three distinct degrees or "orders": deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character.
If you have a calling to be a priest, a deacon, or a religious sister, please contact one of our priests for guidance and direction. His guidance will be extremely beneficial to them. Married adult men (age 35 or older) should likewise contact their pastor for information on becoming a deacon.