The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character. The Church confers the sacrament of Holy Orders only on baptized men whose suitability for the exercise of the ministry has been duly recognized. Church authority alone has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1597 – 1598).
- Men discerning the priesthood should contact (312-534-8292) the Vocation Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago and speak to Fr. Francis Bitterman.
The Permanent Diaconate
- Men discerning the permanent diaconate should contact (708-366-8900) the Office of the Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and speak to Deacon Richard Hudzik.