What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?
From the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.
Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)
Prayer for Priests
Prayers for Vocations
Prayer and Discernment Resources
Interested in a vocation to the priesthood?
Fr. Scott Jabo, Vocations Director
Erie Catholic Diocese Vocations
Phone: (814) 824-1200
Interested in a vocation as a permanent deacon?
Fr. Mark A. Nowak, Director
Erie Diocese Permanent Deacon Program
Phone: (814) 824-1148