Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the Sacrament by which bishops, priests, and other ministers [deacons] of the Church are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties.

That a man may receive Holy Orders worthily it is necessary:

  1. that he be in the state of grace and be of excellent character;
  2. that he have the prescribed age and learning;
  3. that he have the intention of devoting his life to the sacred ministry;
  4. that he be called to Holy Orders by his bishop.

“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

(Source:  St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism)


The entire parish is called to pray for and encourage vocations to the sacred priesthood.  Anyone who may be called by God to the priesthood or have been thinking and praying about that possibility should contact the pastor immediately for consultation.  Who will be the first St. Charles parishioner to be ordained to the sacred priesthood?  Who will be the next?