Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry."

"Ordination" comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate.


Qualities Needed To Be A Priest In Our Diocese

No one can be all for all people; however, if you have some of these qualities, gifts and requirements, God may be asking you to serve Him and His people as a priest.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Father Robert Vaillancourt
Diocesan Vocations Office
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103