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. The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching, divine worship, and pastoral governance.
Each of us must work to pray for vocations to the priesthood and encourage young men to consider a priestly vocation.
Praise the Lord! Once again this year in the Diocese of Pittsburgh we’ve been blessed with an incredible group of men (15 – the most in over 30 years!) who have entered seminary to consider the possibility that God is calling them to be a Priest. If you have ever thought that God could be calling you, or if you have questions about the Priesthood for yourself, a friend, or family member, please visit our website at www.pghpriest.com. The Lord has a perfect plan for our lives…do not be afraid to explore the call.