Holy Orders

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.

Holy Orders, which was instituted by Christ himself, is administered by the laying on of hands by the Bishop, through which the priest is given the power to serve the Church through his preaching, teaching and celebration of the Sacraments.



All Christians are called to discern their vocation in life: whether that be marriage, the single life, religious life as a sister, nun, deacon, brother or priest.  The first step in any vocation is frequent prayer.  The next step is to contact others for more information:

∙ To explore more about vocations for women and men, visit the VISION Vocation Network website.

∙ To learn more about becoming a Jesuit priest or brother, visit the Jesuit Vocations website

∙ If you are interested in learning more about the priesthood or the permanent diaconate, please contact the Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at 513-421-3131 or visit Cincinnati Vocations