The sacrament of Holy Orders confers the character of Jesus Christ in a special way. The ministerial priesthood is essentially different from the priesthood enjoyed by all those who are baptized, for the priest is empowered to “consecrate, offer, and administer the Body of Christ” for the good of the Church and of the world.
Since the time of the Apostles, Christ has personally called forth some men and women to dedicate their lives ministering to the People of God in the service of the Church as a priest, religious sister or brother. These dedicated ministers gather and inspire others so that everyone may live and work in a communion of love.
To discuss or learn more about a vocation to the Catholic priesthood or religious life, visit the Office of Vocations.