Holy Orders and Vocations to Religious Life
“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). A man who feels that he is being called by God to serve the Church as a priest or deacon, should seek to respond to this calling.
Consecrated Life for Men and Women: “The Religious state is thus one way of experiencing a ‘more intimate’ consecration, rooted in Baptism, and dedicated totally to God. In the consecrated life, Christ’s faithful, moved by the Holy Spirit, propose to follow Christ more nearly, to give themselves to God who is loved above all and, pursuing the perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom, to signify and proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come” (CCC #916).
Are you or someone you know discerning a possible vocation? Someone who feels called to serve God through either Holy Orders of Religious Life should speak to their pastor or visit the Diocese of Ogdensburg/vocations website.