pray for those preparing in the Archdiocese of Dubuque for the
priesthood, deaconate, and religious life, and that God would call up
holy men and women from our parishes to answer his call!
Catechism of the Catholic Church
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.
939 Helped by the priests, their co-workers, and by the deacons, the bishops have the duty of authentically teaching the faith, celebrating divine worship, above all the Eucharist, and guiding their Churches as true pastors. Their responsibility also includes concern for all the Churches, with and under the Pope.
940 "The characteristic of the lay state being a life led in the midst of the world and of secular affairs, lay people are called by God to make of their apostolate, through the vigor of their Christian spirit, a leaven in the world" (AA 2 § 2).
944 The life consecrated to God is characterized by the public profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, in a stable state of life recognized by the Church.