Any men who feel a call to pursue a vocation to the priesthood or permanent diaconate, or men or women who feel a call to the religious life, should contact Fr. John to speak about the discernment process.
Young men considering a vocation to the priesthood may also wish to visit the Archdiocesan Vocations website: www.calledbychrist.com.
Men considering a vocation to the permanent diaconate may wish to visit the Archiocesan website for the Permant Diaconate www.archatl.com/vocations/deacons.
Men or women considering a vocation to the religious life may wish to visit the Archdiocesan Office of the Vicar for Religious website: http://www.archatl.com/vocations/religious.html.
“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).
“Christ proposes the evangelical counsels, in their great variety, to every disciple. The perfection of charity, to which all the faithful are called, entails for those who freely follow the call to consecrated life the obligation of practicing chastity in celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom, poverty and obedience. It is the profession of these counsels, within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, that characterizes the life consecrated to God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 915).