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“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.”

—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536

“The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call” (Pope Benedict XVI). God, in his creation of each of us, has a specific plan for our lives–for our happiness, for our mission, for our Vocation. Some of us are called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Those men who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders — as a deacon, priest or bishop — are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God.”

Do you have questions about the priesthood or Holy Orders?

Consider emailing our administrator, Fr. Peter Gideon or calling him at the Scioto Catholic Office at (740) 354-4551

to talk about your discernment or the priesthood in general.


What about a Vocation to religious life for women or for those considering the deaconate?

Although a Vocation for women to religious life does not fall under the Sacrament of Holy Orders, women who are considering religious life are encouraged to discuss their discernment process with our parish priests, as well.  Additional information about Vocations to the priesthood, deaconate, or religious life can be found on the Diocese Vocation website at

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