Holy Orders

Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders — as a deacon, priest or bishop — are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God.”

Please watch the two videos below:

Sacraments 101: Holy Orders (what ordination means)

A Week in the Life of a Priest

This short, two-page handout, prepared by the USCCB, describes how ordained ministers play an important role in helping Christians to imitate Christ’s mission of love and justice, through gathering the community, modeling Christ’s love for the poor, presiding at Eucharist, and evangelizing social realities.


Holy Orders: Ordained to Serve, Gather, Transform and Send  (Also available en Español)