Holy Orders

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (par. 1536) teaches us that “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.”

There are three degrees of Orders: episcopate (bishops), presbyterate (priests), and diaconate (deacons). Bishops are called to teach, to rule and to sanctify. Acting in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), priests offer prayers and sacrifices on behalf of the people as they celebrate divine worship, administer the sacraments, preach the Gospel, and shepherd the faithful. Ordained to the order of charitable service in the Church, deacons also assist in liturgical celebrations and administration of the sacraments (Baptism and Matrimony) and are charged with the proclamation of the Gospel.

Anyone interested in learning more about Holy Orders is invited to contact Fr. Patrick Stoffer at the parish office (313)274-4500 or to visit detroitpriestlyvocations.com

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