In the sacrament of Holy Orders, a man who is ordained receives a gift of the Holy Spirit that gives him a sacred authority that is conferred upon him by Jesus Christ, through the bishop.
The sacrament of Holy Orders has three degrees: Deacon (diaconate), Priest (presbyterate), and Bishop (episcopate.) (YouCat 251)
In diaconal ordination the candidate is appointed to a special service within the sacrament of Holy Orders. He represents Christ as the One who came “not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt 20:28) In the liturgy of ordination we read: “As a minister of the Word, of the altar, and of charity, he will make himself a servant to all.” (YouCat 255)
In priestly ordination the Bishop calls down God’s power upon the candidate for ordination. It imprints upon the souls of the man an indelible seal that can never be lost. As a collaborator with his bishop, he will proclaim the Word of God, administer the sacraments, and above all, celebrate the Holy Eucharist. (YouCat 254)
In episcopal ordination the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred upon a priest. He is ordained a successor of the Apostles and enters the college of bishops. Together with other bishops and the Pope, he is from now on responsible for the entire Church. In particular the Church appoints him to the offices of teaching, sanctifying, and governing. (YouCat 252)
If you believe that God is calling you to this vocation, please contact:
Diocesan director of Priestly and Religious vocations: