Holy Orders

  • Also known as ORDINATION, this is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time. The sacrament of Holy Orders is composed of three degrees which are irreplaceable for the organic structure of the Church: bishops, priests, deacons.
  • Through a special gift of the Holy Spirit, this sacrament enables the ordained to exercise a sacred power in the name and with the authority of Christ for the service of the People of God.
  • This sacrament can only be validly received by a baptized man. The Church recognizes herself as bound by this choice made by the Lord Himself.

Those who feel they may have a calling to ordained ministry may enquire further to the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney. Further details can be found here.