Holy Orders

The Catholic Church seeks to meet the contemporary culture on its own terms, to present the Gospel message in ways that are compelling but not diluted, so that the fullness of the Catholic faith may lead others to accept Jesus as their savior and Lord. Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues in the Church. The Apostles passed on this mission to worthy leaders through the laying on of hands: “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you.” 1 Timothy 4:14. The Catholic Church recognizes three degrees in the sacrament of apostolic ministry called the Holy Orders: episcopate (bishop), presbyterate (priest), and diaconate (deacon).

To answer the call to the priesthood is to begin a lifelong journey. It is a process that happens on many levels: responding to God’s grace, acquiring a habit of prayer and reflection, and learning theology and other skills required to become an effective priest in a complex world. How does someone prepare for priesthood? To discern a vocation of commitment to priesthood or religious life, please speak with one of our priests, or visit https://diometuchen.org/vocations for more information and helpful resources.

Our Parish is blessed with the diaconate ministry of three wonderful men: Ron Cailmi, Russ Demkowitz and John Radvanski. How does a married man respond to the call to be a Deacon? To discern the vocation to Diaconate, please speak with any of our deacons or to the pastor or visit https://diometuchen.org/diaconate.

For more information, contact the Parish Office at 732-828-1400.