Holy Orders

What is Holy Orders?

The sacrament of Holy Orders is one in which the Tradition and mission given from Jesus to Peter continues to be passed down from priest to priest through all time. It is a sacrament of apostolic ministry. Offered to men, as popes, bishops, priests, or deacons, it is a solemn vow, taken and received in sacred spirituality between God and his Church. Through this sacrament, faithful men are empowered to strengthen and heal God’s people. Women can choose to live a consecrated life by becoming nuns or sisters, supporting the work of Christian service, but are not ordained.

At St. Patrick’s, young men who would like to learn more about the priesthood or young women who would like to learn more about sisterhood should feel free to visit with the pastor. The Diocese has an annual retreat for those young men discerning a priestly vocation called Emmaus Days, in two sessions (for those aged 18+ and for younger men).

To inquire about Emmaus Days or to seek direction on Holy Orders or a consecrated life, please call the parish office

Celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Sacrament of the Holy Orders is celebrated in Peoria, IL by Bishop Daniel Jenky, of the Peoria Diocese.

Holy Orders in the Catechism

1536  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.

– Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1536


For more information about the sacrament of Holy Orders, please see Online Catechism of the Catholic Church.