Holy Orders - Priesthood
The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character. The Church confers the sacrament of Holy Orders only on baptized men whose suitability for the exercise of the ministry has been duly recognized. Church authority alone has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1597 - 1598)
Men discerning the priesthood may contact Father David Hasser, the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana Vocations Director, at 317. 873.2885 ext. 103 or email him at email@example.com.
The Permanent Diaconate
Deacons are ministers ordained for tasks of service of the Church; they do not receive the ministerial priesthood, but ordination confers on them important functions in the ministry of the word, divine worship, pastoral governance, and the service of charity, tasks which they must carry out under the pastoral authority of their bishop." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1596)
Men considering the permanent diaconate may email Deacon Bill Reid, the Coordinator of Vocations for the Permanent Diaconate Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Seminarians
You, dear friends, have decided to enter the seminary and to prepare for priestly ministry in the Catholic Church in spite of such opinions and objections. You have done a good thing. Because people will always have need of God, even in an age marked by technical mastery of the world and globalization: they will always need the God who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, the God who gathers us together in the universal Church in order to learn with him and through him life’s true meaning and in order to uphold and apply the standards of true humanity. (18 October 2010)