Holy Orders

Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.”

—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices

July 6, 2013

Quo Vadis Day at St. John the Evangelist

Sunday, February 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (includes attending 11:00 am Sunday Mass)

These days are intended for high school young men to give them the opportunity to grow in faith and ultimately to be open to their vocation.  We offer time for games and fellowship, an hour of adoration and confession, and a panel discussion with the opportunity for the young men to hear from men (lay and clergy) who are pursuing their vocation. Please invite any young man who might be interested!  It is free of cost.

 Any 9th-12th grade boys can register here.

Contact Seminarian Stephen Kirby at Stephen.Kirby@archbalt.org if you have any questions or visit www.archbalt.org/vocations/.


From the moment of Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. While all the baptized share in Christ’s priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way. 

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me.” (Is 6:8) This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

Contact the Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Vocations

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