Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.

Holy Orders, which was instituted by Christ himself, is administered by the laying on of hands by the Bishop, through which the priest is given the power to serve the Church through his preaching, teaching and celebration of the Sacraments.

Encouraging and fostering vocations to the priesthood and permanent diaconate is a crucial part of our parish’s mission.  It is through Baptism that we all share in the priesthood of Christ Jesus.  It is through the sacrament of Holy Orders that men are called from the faith community to serve its spiritual needs.  Anyone interested in the priesthood, permanent diaconate, or other religious vocations, should contact the Diocese of Des Moines Office of Vocations.