The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536 tells us that, “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 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1597, further advises us that: “The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for this ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character.”
Some members of the Church are called to ordination and service within the faith community as priests and deacons. Most often this call is first recognized and encouraged by the family and the parish.
The choice to accept the call to be a priest or deacon is a life-choice decision that is further strengthened through programs of education and formation provided by out archdiocese. As a parish, we at St. Peter pray for and support those who are making these life-commitments of service and leadership with the Church. Click here for more information from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
If you believe you may be hearing the call to enter into the deaconate program and have questions, you are welcome to contact our pastor or click here fo more information.