The Sacrament of Holy Orders is received in three steps, each one sacramental. Each step configures the person to Christ in a special way and puts the person in a special relationship with the Church.
- The first step is ordination to the diaconate. A deacon serves the diocese in ways designated by the bishop and may be either a single or a married man.
- The second step is the Presbyterate. A priest who is ordained for a diocese serves the diocese for which he is ordained. A priest ordained for a religious order, such as a Dominican, Franciscan or Jesuit, serves a larger area according to the particular needs of his religious order.
- The third step is ordination to the Episcopacy. A bishop is appointed as a successor to the apostles and serves the church as spiritual leader and father of a particular diocese.
Persons interested in becoming priests, deacons, sisters or brothers should contact the pastor at (216)-521-0184 for assistance in their discernment.