Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the church. It includes three degrees: diaconate, presbyterate and episcopate.

Episcopal consecration of a bishop confers the offices of sanctifying, teaching and ruling. Priests are consecrated to preach the Gospel and to shepherd the faithful, as well as to celebrate the divine liturgy.

Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace. Among other tasks, deacons assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.
Who can become a priest in the Diocese of Greensburg?
Material from the Diocese of Greensburg Website

If you are:
• A single male
• Over 18 years of age
• In good standing with the Catholic Church
• Enjoy a good reputation
• Exhibit the necessary skills for seminary formation
• Seriously believe that God may be calling you to a priestly vocation
• Listen for the response to “Who do you want me to be?” “What do you want me to do?”
Interested men are encouraged to contact the diocesan Office for Clergy Vocations to learn more about the particular details of The Program of Priestly Formation for the diocese.
The director will be able to assist you in reviewing the particular diocesan requirements for seminary preparation and application.
The Diocese of Greensburg, like most dioceses, has particular guidelines and policies in place to govern and regulate the application process. However, each individual’s personal and professional background varies and is taken into account on a one-to-one basis.
If you have a particular question regarding the possibility or viability of your own personal application, please contact the Associate Vocation Director for the Diocese of Greensburg, Father Tyler Bandura.
Learn more about vocations in the Diocese of Greensburg