Holy Orders & Vowed Religious Life

What is God Calling You to Do?

The sacrament of Holy Orders is when a man is ordained a priest or deacon. Young men and women are called to discern the Will of God in their lives. They are not alone in the process.

Why the Priesthood?

“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

“Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
John 17:17-19

Anyone interested in ordained or vowed religious life should talk to one of the parish priests or pastoral staff members.

“DUC IN ALTUM” VOCATIONS RETREATS: In the gospel of St Luke chapter 5, Jesus tells His disciples to “put out into the deep.”

The Come and See weekend experience at Borromeo and St Mary’s Seminaries provides an overnight experience for men between the ages of 17 and 44 years of age, offering the opportunity to experience life at the seminary. Watch for upcoming retreats.

You can also check out CLEpriesthood.org 

Options for Men and Women Engaging in a Holy Life

While not a part of the sacrament, there are other options for men and women as well. The Catholic Church offers brotherhood (monks) and sisterhood (nuns) to the respective genders. These are Holy Lives spent in community, service, and prayer. Please contact the parish office if you would like more guidance on what vocation you may be called to.

Those looking to learn more about Discernment and their Vocation are encouraged to contact Fr. Eric Garris (440.943.7655) at the Cleveland Borromeo Seminary to discuss what God is calling them to do.