Holy Orders

Holy Orders: An Introduction by Fr. Curtis

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is where men are ordained to be deacons, priests, and bishops. Bishops possess the fullness of Holy Orders and can administer all of the Sacraments to the Faithful. With the Pope as their Head, bishops are charged with the teaching and pastoral care of their diocese. Priests can provide six of the Sacraments (excluding Holy Orders) and most often serve as pastors of parishes. Deacons can baptize and can be the official witness at marriages. At Mass, deacons assist the priest, proclaim the Gospel, and preach. Bishops, priests, and deacons are to lead lives of service and good example and be available to the various needs of God’s People and to the needs of those who are poor and distressed in the world.

Holy Orders in the Diocese

Persons interested in the priesthood are encouraged to visit with Fr. John Schmeidler () or Fr. Curtis Carlson ().

You may also contact the Simon Parish Center to make an appointment or find more information on the religious life.

(785) 843-0109


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