About the Sacrament

“For Moses ordained him and anointed him with the holy oil, In a lasting covenant with him and with his family, as permanent as the heavens, That he should serve God in his priesthood and bless his people in his name.” ~Sir 45:15

“Holy Orders 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: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” -CCC 1536

“The priests are consecrated in order to preach the Gospel and shepherd of the faithful as well as to celebrate divine worship as true priests of the New Testament.” (CCC 1564)

“The deacon has the task to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospels, and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various mysteries of charity.” (CCC 1570)


Young men and women discerning religious life are encouraged to see the websites below for more information about pursuing the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Of course, you can always speak with Father Byrd about this as well!

USCCB Vocations Website

Archdiocese of Indianapolis Vocations website