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.
Might God be calling you? If you are a Catholic man, we encourage you to visit the Archdiocese of Portland Office of Vocations or Archdiocese of Portland Office of the Permanent Diaconate.
If you are a Catholic man or woman who believe you might have a calling to the consecrated life as a religious brother or sister, explore more at the Archdiocese pages for men and women.
Take time for discernment
Each person's vocations is unique, special, and necessary for the Church. They each come with specific graces to help the vocation to excel in holiness for the greater honor and glory of God.
God knows which vocation each person will choose before it is chosen, and the Lord is always looking out for the needs of the Church. Do not choose a vocation by what it will “get you;” choose it by the plan God has for you.