"By the sacrament of Order priests are configured to Christ the priest as servants of the Head, so that as co-workers with the episcopal order they may build up the Body of Christ, the Church"
Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests - Vatican II
Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, priests are ordained to take on the character of Christ and serve the Church. The priest bravely stands in as Christ during many of the most profound moments of people's lives - baptism, marriage, death. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a priest, check out the Archdiocese's Think Priest website.
The permanent deacon also receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Deacons assist at Mass, preach, witness marriages, and baptize. We, at St. Paul's, are fortunate to share several deacons with St. Bruno's Parish. The deacons of the Church live their vocation out, either married or single, in the world. Meaning that many deacons have careers outside the parish, so they can boldly proclaim the love of God to all. For more information on this vocation, check out the diacoante formation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
While religious brothers and sisters do not receive a Sacrament, their witness and fidelity to the Church are indispensible. Their lives give witness to Christ and His ardent love of all people. If you are interested in vocations to the consecrated life, check out the Archdiocesan Vocations page or United States Council of Catholic Bishops for more information.
Please join us in praying for the renewal of vocations throughout the Church...