THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION: Helping Christians serve the community

Holy Orders is the entering into the priesthood and involves a vow of celibacy in the Latin Rite, though in Eastern Rites men who married before they were ordained to the diaconate may be ordained; the sacrament of Holy Orders is given in three degrees: that of the deacon (even in the Latin Rite a permanent deacon may be married before becoming a deacon), that of the priest, and that of the bishop. Only a bishop can be the minister of this sacrament.

Considering the priesthood? visit the Vocations page on the Diocese of Joliet website: