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Holy Orders

The Sacrament of 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.

Might God be Calling You?

Congratulations on taking the next step in your discernment! We encourage you to visit The Office for Vocations to learn more.

If you are a Catholic man who thinks God might be calling you to the priesthood, here in St. Louis, we're blessed to have Kenrick-Glennon Seminary to form men to the holy priesthood.

If you are a Catholic man and you think you might have a call to the permanent diaconate, we encourage you to learn more at the web pages of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate.

If you are a Catholic man or woman who believes you might have a calling to the consecrated life as a religious brother or sister, explore more at the Office Consecrated Life. The Office of Consecrated Life acts as a liaison between the Archbishop and the men and women in various Institutes of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis by supporting the members of the Institutes in fulfilling their unique charism and undertaking their apostolic works. The Office also works in collaboration with the Office of Vocations to promote vocations to consecrated life.