Holy Orders


The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood expressed through ministry handed down by the apostles. Ordination comes from the Latin ‘ordinatio’, which means to incorporate someone into an Order, and in the sacrament a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ in one of three degrees: the episcopate [Bishop], the priesthood [Priest], or the diaconate [Permanent Deacon].

By faith we are all called to the common priesthood, but guidance of the spiritual life of the Church and celebration of the Sacraments, continues to need vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life, and no matter how unworthy they may feel, people are called by God from many different walks of life.

Preparation for Holy Orders can take many years of training, prayer and discernment, but if you feel called to ordained ministry or the religious life, please contact the parish office and arrange to speak to the priest or the deacon in the first instance.