Holy Orders (Ordination)

The Church confers that the Sacrament of Holy Orders “only on baptized men, whose suitability for the exercise of the ministry has been duly recognized. Church authority alone has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders” (CCC# 1598).

The rite of Sacrament of Holy Orders is “conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character” (CCC# 1597).