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. (CCC: 1536)
The ministerial priesthood has the task not only of representing Christ - Head of the Church - before the assembly of the faithful, but also of acting in the name of the whole Church when presenting to God the prayer of the Church, and above all when offering the Eucharistic sacrifice. (CCC: 1552)
Only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination (CCC: 1577).
Men who are considering a vocation to the priesthood can contact Fr. David Schatz, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Dubuque via email: DBQCVO@dbqarch.org, or phone, (319) 352-2493 (office) or (563) 513-7333 (cell).
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