“Today the word ‘ordination’ is reserved for the sacramental act which integrates a man into the order of bishops, priests, or deacons, and goes beyond a simple election, designation, delegation, or institution by the community, for it confers a gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the exercise of a “sacred power” (sacra potestas) which can come only from Christ himself through his Church. Ordination is also called consecratio, for it is a setting apart and an investiture by Christ himself for his Church. The laying on of hands by the bishop, with the consecratory prayer, constitutes the visible sign of this ordination.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church 1538
If you are interested, or have been discerning a call to the priesthood or permanent diaconate, please visit the Richmond vocations website or schedule an appointment with our clergy to discuss the discernment process in our diocese.
Msgr. Patrick Golden