“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.” (Catechism 1536)
Jesus tells us in the Scriptures that we are to pray to God to send workers into the fields for the harvest of souls. God chooses people for ordination and special consecration to serve the Church. For many, the discernment process is complicated and often confusing.
St. Patrick’s parish has a strong commitment to foster vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life. Spiritual direction and guidance is available to any man or woman contemplating a religious vocation by calling Father Gary at the parish office. In addition to supporting you through this process, a priest can direct you to the diocesan vocation office for more information about your many options.