What is Holy Orders? 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. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate (CCC 1536).
Why are only men allowed to receive Holy Orders? The Church does not have the authority to ordain women because Christ did not give her that authority. The priest acts “in persona Christi” or “in the person of Christ” who came as a man. He also gave His Apostles, who were all men, the authority to act in His Name.
As baptized Catholics, each one of us has what is called a vocation. The word “vocation” comes from a Latin word that means “to call”. In the case of a religious vocation, it is God who does the calling. He calls us to a particular form of service in the Church. It’s up to us to listen for that call and respond to it generously. Among the baptized, some are called to the married life. However, some are called to serve God as priests. If you feel that God is calling you to be a priest or deacon, feel free to speak with Fr. Acervo at any time.