God has a plan for your life. Each of us is uniquely created in His image and likeness for a purpose: to know, love, and serve Him. God gifts each person with a unique vocation, or call, to build up the Church and Kingdom of God that furthers this mission to love and serve. This universal call to holiness means each person – whether they work in a business or factory or for the Church – has a vocation; discerning religious life is not the only kind of vocation! Some are called to the Sacrament of Marriage in order to raise a family centered on life giving love, some are called to consecrated single life, and some are called to the priesthood and religious life through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The priesthood instituted by Jesus through the Apostles is with us today to serve the Church.
“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.” (CCC 1536)
“This sacrament configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for his Church. By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet, and king.” (CCC 1581)
Be sure to check out the Houston Vocations website for information about our archdiocesan ministries!