The Sacrament of Holy Orders is seen from the perspective of service in and to the Church, God’s holy people. Called by God, those who feel the stirring of the Holy Spirit to this life may be interested in pursuing their vocation as a deacon or priest. Deacons participate in the sacramental life of the Church as ministers, and are the helpers of the local bishop in the work of charity and justice. Permanent deacons are men who may be married and hold a job in the secular world, as well as offer their service to the Church. Training for this “order” happens over the course of several years. Those who are to be advanced to the Order of Presbyters [priesthood], are also ordained to the diaconate, but are called temporary or tansitional deacons. After a period of ministry in the office of deacons, usually six months to one year, transitional deacons are ordained by the bishop as priests. Priests are given a three-fold office to lead, teach and sanctify the People of God. Most priests work in parish communities, but some are also asked to serve through special ministries like chaplains and administrators. If you feel you or someone you know has a vocation the diaconate or priesthood we encourage you to speak with a deacon or priest who will be happy to direct you.