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, 1536)
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 to the priesthood and diaconate is a sacramental commissioning that empowers men to serve in roles of leadership in the Church and act in the name of Christ and the Christian community with the promised assistance of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers an indelible mark on the soul of the deacon, priest or bishop. The bishops descend from the twelve apostles and it is from the bishops that a Pope is elected.
Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, all of the faithful experience a universal call to holiness. In Holy Orders; however, men are consecrated to the service of all the faithful, nourishing them through Word and Sacrament.
Holy Orders is a special sacrament limited to those men entering the priesthood. If you or someone in your family or friends feel called to explore the vocation to the priesthood,
please contact the Archdiocese of New Orleans Vocations Office at (504) 861-6298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go online to www.vocationsoffice-no.org