Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders has three dimensions: Bishops (Episcopacy), Priests (Presbyterate), and Deacons (Diaconate).

Bishops are chosen from among priests to serve as chief shepherd of a particular geographical area, such as the six county Archdiocese of Detroit. 

Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders a baptized male becomes a priest in the Catholic Church. The role of the priest is two-fold: preside at the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and with lay leaders, coordinate the pastoral ministry of the parish. They have a unique role to serve the faithful in building God’s Kingdom. Ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching, divine worship and pastoral guidance.

Permanent deacons exist to serve the needs of the community. Deacons can baptize and witness the Sacrament of Marriage, assist at worship, proclaim the Gospel and preach.

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If you are discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood, you should begin by having a private conversation with Fr. Bill, who will listen, advise and point you in the right direction. 

The Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Priestly Vocations offers resources for any young men discerning the priesthood. Our new website has information on applying to seminary, frequently asked questions, and how to get in touch with the vocation director.

Learn more at www.detroitpriestlyvocations.com