The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. It is the mission entrusted by Christ to be exercised in the Church until the end of time. Anyone who thinks he/she recognizes the signs of God's call to the ordained ministry must humbly submit his desire to the authority of the Church.
The chief duties of the priesthood are the preaching of the Gospel and the offering of the Eucharist. Men interested in learning more about the priestly ministry or desiring to discern God's call in their lives may contact the parish priest or Office of Vocations at 713-659-5461.
All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate 'for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.' Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to 'the affairs of the Lord,' they give themselves entirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church's minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God."
Deacons are public ministers of the Church. Deacons assist priests and bishops, but beyond the preaching of the Gospel, they are granted no special charism or spiritual gift. Men who would like to learn more about the ministry of the deacon may contact the parish priests.
Religious Life as a Sister or Brother
A vowed life that shares the commitment to perpetual service like sacred orders.
Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ's name
"to feed the Church by the word and grace of God."