Sacrament of Holy Orders


The sacrament of Holy  Orders is seen from the perspective of service in and to the Church, God’s holy people. Called by God, those who feel the stirring of the Holy Spirit to this life may be interested in pursuing their vocation as a deacon or priest. Deacons participate in the sacramental life of the Church as ministers, and are the helpers of the local bishop in the work of charity and justice. Known as permanent deacons, these men may be married and hold a job in the secular world as well as offer their service to the Church. Training for this “order” happens over the course of several years and our Diocese of Pittsburgh has a department that works with the men who are deacons. Those who are to be advanced to the Order of Presbyters (priesthood), are also ordained to the diaconate, but are called temporary deacons. After a period of ministry in the office of deacons, usually six months to one year, they are ordained by the bishop as priests. You can ask questions about the diaconate at To learn more about the priesthood in our diocese, check out

Priests are given a three-fold office to lead, teach and sanctify the People of God. Most work in parish communities, but some are also asked to serve through special ministries like chaplains and administrators. If you feel you or someone you know has a vocation the priesthood, contact one of the parish priests. Bishops are ordained from the priests. These successors to the Apostles have the role of Chief Shepherd of a territory known as a diocese. The parishes within the diocese are governed by the bishop. He confirms those who have been prepared to complete their initiation as Catholics and ordains deacons and priests.

Any young men who think they want to know more about becoming a priest can speak with Fr. Bob or check out