The Sacraments

Holy Orders

"Do this in memory of me."
Luke 22:19

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Jesus to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church to the end of time. This holy vocation provides the Church with priests for the faithful.

A priest is ordained to act in the person of Jesus Christ in three principle ways:

1. He teaches – the priests’ first duty is the proclamation of the Gospel of God to all.

2. He makes holy – priests unite their people to God by the administration of the sacraments, especially the celebration of the Eucharist.

3. He governs – imitating Christ, priests lead those in their care to a deeper understanding of their own vocation and so build up a true Christian community.

There are special preparation programmes for men seeking to become priests. To find out more about that programme, please visit the website of Holy Cross Seminary.

To speak with the Auckland diocesan Vocations Director about your vocation to the priesthood, call Fr Robert O'Brien, who is based at Immaculate Conception parish, Ellerslie

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