“From the moment of Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest…..
While all the baptized share in Christ’s priesthood, the ministerial priesthood share this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.
Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, ‘Here I am, send me’ (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.” USCCB
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. This Sacrament has three degrees within it: Diaconate (Permanent and Transitional), Priests, and Bishops. Those who feel called the Order of Deacon may contact the Pastor to discern the Call to this vital ministry in the Church. The Permanent Diaconate is open to married or single men over the age of 35 who have gone through the Salt Lake City Diocese Diaconate Classes.
Those men who are not married who wish to pursue studies to the priesthood may contact the Diocese of Salt Lake City : Father Javier Virgen or Deacon Sunday Espinoza by
email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 801-328-8641 x 398
or link to the vocations page for the diocese here.