The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Others are called to share specially in Christ's priesthood. In the Old Covenant, even though Israel was a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6), the Lord called certain men to a special priestly ministry (Exodus 19:22). In the New Covenant, even though Christians are a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:9), Jesus calls certain men to a special priestly ministry (Romans 15:15-16).
This Sacrament is called Holy Orders. Through it priests are ordained and thus empowered to serve the Church (2 Timothy 1:5-7) as pastors, teachers, and spiritual fathers who heal, feed, and strengthen God's people—most importantly through preaching and the administration of the Sacraments.
At Saints Peter and Paul Church, young men who would like to learn more about the priesthood may join the diocesan Quo Vadis group that meets monthly. The Sacrament of the Holy Orders is celebrated in Rockford by the Bishop of the Diocese. For more information, call 815-455-5400.
*This text was taken from "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" by Catholic Answers. More information about Holy Orders can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1536-1600) or at www.catholic.com