The Sacrament of Holy Orders
“This sacrament configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for his Church. By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet, and king.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1581
The call to marriage is a natural call, while the call to priesthood is a supernatural call. The Priest has said “no” to married life in order to give his whole life in service to God and His people. His Bride is the Church and he is called to lay down his life for his people. The Vocation of the Priest is one of self giving love.
If you believe the Lord has placed this supernatural call on your heart, please call the parish office to set up an appointment with Fr. Gregory.
The Catholic Priesthood
God the Father gives himself completely to us, his people. Four Franciscan Friars of the Renewal share their thoughts on what this means in relation to the priesthood on the day before their ordination.
God calls each of us to our Vocation in a unique and particular way. Fr. Josh Johnson, priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and Fr. Mike Schmitz, priest of the Diocese of Duluth, share their vocation stories
God is always pursuing us and how we respond to various moments, the choices we make, impact everything. Fr. Joshua Waltz, priest of the Diocese of Bismarck, shares his vocation story and how his choices impacted the trajectory of his life.
“The end for which God has instituted the priesthood has been to appoint on earth public persons to watch over the honor of his divine majesty, and to procure the salvation of souls”
St. Alphonsus Liguori