What are Holy Orders? "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." [CCC 1536]
All members of the Church share responsibility for “raising up vocations”. We are all de facto members of the Vocations Committee. In our de facto role we are mandated by God to pray often for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, we are asked to be aware of those around us who might have vocation interests and nurture that interest, and we are called to with respect and privacy to bring these individuals to the attention of our priests.
Please pray daily for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.