Holy Orders & Vocations
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.
Are you discerning a call to the Priesthood or the Consecrated Life? Click here for more information on vocations from the Diocese of Harrisburg.
How to Build a Culture of Vocations
(from the Diocese of Harrisburg)
Building a vocation culture requires that young people become aware of the tremendous dignity of their call to holiness and a life lived in union with Christ. They must be encouraged to understand that the deepest longing of the human heart is to know and love Our Lord personally, to follow Him faithfully and to serve Him generously right now in their common vocation to holiness and in whatever specific vocation He is inviting them to embrace. God has a great plan for us and we are called to discover it and embrace it as our own.
Realize that God has a plan for each of us.
Be counter-cultural – Don’t accept lies as truth!
Happiness and fulfillment are only found in God.
Trust in Jesus Christ.
Answer God’s call to holiness, the vocation we all share, right now.
Accept the great adventure of following Christ and saving souls.
From selfish to selfless.
Parent’s willingness to say YES.
Teach your children to he happy.
Pray and love of the Church
“Prayer for Vocations”
Heavenly Father,We ask you to bless our diocese with selfless hearts that are willing to serve You, by serving Your Church. Lord Jesus raise up from our homes those called by the Father: courageous and humble men to the Priesthood, faithful people to Consecrated Life and holy men and women to the sacrament of Marriage. Holy Spirit, help us to live our universal vocation to holiness, by listening to the Father’s voice and responding with a sacrificial love. Holy Mary, Model of Vocations, teach us to hear and follow your Son. Holy Mary, Queen of Priests, sanctify our priests and obtain for us many more.Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for our families and intercede for our children.
USCCB on Holy Orders: