Holy Orders and Religious Life

“The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate, ‘each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ.’ While being ‘ordered one to another,’ they differ essentially. In what sense? While the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace—a life of faith, hope, and charity, a life according to the Spirit—the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders.” (CCC #1547)

Christ the King is committed to praying for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life. Please continue to keep our entire parish family in your prayers as we all listen to the ways that God is calling us to cultivate and use our gifts!

If you or someone you know is considering a vocation to priesthood or religious life, check out the links on this page.

“We heard a summons to give over our lives in a more explicit way. It was a call to serve all people, believers and unbelievers alike. We would serve them out of our own faith that the Lord had loved us and died for us and risen for us and that He offers us a share in his life, a life more powerful and enduring than any sin or death.” —Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross (1.3)