Holy Orders is the sacrament in which a bishop confers on a baptized man the grace of the Holy Spirit and sacred power for the service of the faithful. It can be administered in three forms: deacon, priest and bishop.
Laying on of hands
Prayer of consecration
Deacon: 1 Timothy 3:8a-9, 13
Priest: Acts 14:23
Bishop: Titus 1:7a-8, 9a
What the Church teaches…
The Sacrament in which a bishop ordains a man to be conformed to Jesus Christ by grace, to service and leadership in the Church. A man can be ordained a deacon, priest, or bishop. Through this Sacrament, the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church. This Sacrament confers a permanent mark or character on the one who receives it.
-United State Catholic Catechism for Adults
Vocations in the Diocese of Covington
Please visit the website for the Office of Vocations in the Diocese of Covington for more information about discerning a vocation to the priesthood. You can also contact Fr. Conor Kunath, Director of Priestly Vocations for the Diocese directly at 859-392-1566 or by email at CKunath@covdio.org