Holy Orders

Priest Prostration
Photo courtesy of Catholic Diocese of Memphis (June 2017)

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1536).

In the Catholic Church, certain men are called to serve in specific ways.  Jesus established a special sacrament to give these men the graces that they need to carry out their calling.

Deacons assist in the parish’s liturgy and works of mercy.  To this very day, deacons are called to be servants of the needs of the pastor and the people of the community.  If you would like more information about the diaconate, please see the Catholic Diocese of Memphis’s page on deacons, or contact the parish office: 731.668.2596 or parishinfo@stmarys.tn.org.

Priests are called to serve in a variety of ways, but the primary way is in Catholic parishes.  Their primary role is to bring the sacraments to the People of God so that the People of God can be strengthened for their mission in the world.  The Church is extremely grateful for the priests that God has provided!  For more information about priests, or if you are discerning a call from God to the priesthood, see our diocesan page or contact the parish office: 731.668.2596 or parishinfo@stmarys.tn.org.