...“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)
“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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1597)
For Holy Orders or interest in the vocations, contact Monsignor Carr or one of the other priests or deacons at St. Bridget, or Fr. Michael Boehling at the Diocese of Richmond.
Priesthood and Diaconate
The Church calls some of its members to ordination and service within the faith community as priests and deacons. Most often this call is first recognized and encouraged by the family and the parish.
It is a life-choice further strengthened through programs of education and formation provided by our archdiocese. As a parish we pray for and support those who are making these life-commitments of service and leadership within the Church.
Vowed Religious Life
In the tradition of our faith, adult men and women continue to choose to serve others as brothers and sisters living in community. Their life-styles are shaped by the Gospel values of poverty, obedience, and chastity, serving the Church and the world in a variety of ways. As a parish we provide information and encouragement concerning the vowed religious life and offer support for those who are seeking to make such a commitment.