Sacramental Preparation

The Sacrament of Holy Orders


“Do not neglect the gift you have,
which was given you by prophetic utterance
when the council of elders laid their hands upon you.”
1 Tim 4:16


In the Sacrament of Holy Orders (Ordination to the Priesthood), the Priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the Sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness. The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as “the Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry.” In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the Priesthood of Jesus Christ at one of three levels: the Episcopate (Bishops), the Priesthood (Priests), or the Diaconate (Deacon).

The Sacrament of Holy Orders can be validly conferred only on baptized men, following the example set by Christ and His Apostles, who chose only men as their successors and collaborators. A man cannot demand ordination; the Church has the authority to determine eligibility for the Sacrament.

Do You Hear the Call?

If you are discerning a vocation to the Priesthood and would like further information regarding the Sacrament of Holy Orders, please contact Fr. Colin Mason, our vocations director. Fr Colin has a focus on vocations promotion and discernment for the diocesan priesthood.  He will be happy to answer any questions or to help those who wish to explore and discern a possible calling to service as a priest in the Clifton Diocese. Email: