Holy Orders is the sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying of hands. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1536)
Consecrated life is a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, entered freely in response to the call of Christ to perfection, and characterized by the profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 914)
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, 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.
If you are interested in exploring the Sacrament of Holy Orders, please contact Lindsay at the Parish Office at 830-460-4712 and she will set up an appointed with Father John.