Holy Orders

In Holy Orders men are ordained as priests, deacons, or bishops.

Holy Orders

A vocation is a call from God, and anyone who has felt God’s call knows that the process is anything but simple. While most people think of a vocation as what they are called to do in life, it is important to understand that the first and most important call from God is a call to be – the universal call to holiness. The Sacrament of Holy Order is always a call and a gift from God.

General Information

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.

If you are interested in explore your vocation in the Church, we recommend you to talk directly to Father O’Connor, Sister Grace Díaz, or contact the Vocation Team of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Vocation Team of the Diocese of Albany

We are the Vocation Team of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, and we seek to help others discover their Call and vocation from God. We assist others in answering the question that accompanies their faith journey: ‘Do I have a Calling?’ and if so, ‘What is it?’ We encourage women and men in the Roman Catholic Church who through prayer and direction wonder if God is calling them to be a priest, to inquire into the life of Sisters who live in Religious Communities and share a community’s spirituality, or to know if the brotherhood in a monastery will be one’s home. Sometimes the simple question ‘What is a priest?’ or ‘What is a Sister?’ begins the internal process of questioning more and this leads to a further invitation to ‘Come and See.’

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