Holy Orders

Holy Orders

By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a common priesthood of believers.

We are all called to participate in Christ’s mission. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops and priests are given a special role in carrying out this mission. They exercise a ministerial priesthood. Deacons also receive a special grace through ordination and are called to assist the ministry of bishops and priests (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], nos. 1547, 1554).

About Holy Orders

Through ordination, priests become representatives of Christ to the Church—as witnesses of holiness and love, preachers of the Gospel, shepherds of the faithful, conveners of divine worship, and builders of the Church. Through their ministry, priests are called, in imitation of Christ, to “preach good news to the poor…proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Lk 4:18-19)” (Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis [I Will Give You Shepherds], no. 11). Deacons, too, are ordained to imitate Christ in his ministry of service and charity to the poor and needy in the community.

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Interested In Becoming A Deacon?

If you feel called to become a deacon, you are encouraged to reflect on it in prayer. Next, schedule some time to visit with our pastor, Father Gilberto, about the diaconate and seek his counsel.

You are also encouraged to talk with our deacons about their vocation and their responsibilities to get a clear understanding of what a deacon does and is.

Most importantly, discuss this with an open heart with your wife and family, if you are married.

If you are a young person interested in the priesthood or being involved in the life of a brother or sister, please contact the vocation office at 210.734.2620.

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