Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He passed on to His Apostles.  Each person, as a follower and lover of Christ, is called to his or her own ministry.  Some are called to teach, some are called to heal, some are called to marriage and some are called to give their whole lives to Christ for the growth and furtherance of His Kingdom. 


It is no secret that the number of young people decerning Holy Orders is declining in the United States as well as within our own diocese.  We are in need of young men and women who have a passion for Christ and a love for their neighbor to stand up and inquire about the priesthood and other religious life.  Parents are called to encourage their children in all aspects of their lives...encouragement in exploring Holy Orders should be no different.


If you or someone you know is interested in the Religous Life or if you just have questions, please contact the Director of Vocations at: 

Diocese of Davenport- Vocations Resources


Holy Orders (what ordination means)



Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he explains what Holy Orders are, what happens at an Ordination, and what it means to say yes to God.

These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

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