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
- Someone who desires to grow in his relationship with God through prayer and service; is caring and compassionate, warm and inviting; and has a concern for people of every age, language, and walk of life, especially the poor and needy.
- Someone who has leadership qualities and potential, and is self-assured while being respectful of other ministries and gifts in the Church.
- Someone who is committed to the Church and its teaching, sees himself as a servant of the Church, and is willing to be assigned anywhere in the state of Maine.
- Someone who is between the ages of 18 and 45, has a four-year bachelor’s degree or is in the process of completing one, and is open to formation, growth and self-discovery.
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