The sacrament of Holy Orders confers upon men the grace and spiritual power to celebrate the sacraments as ordained ministers of the Catholic Church. The same sacrament is administered in three degrees, each with a higher sacramental effect for the ordained minister: first deacon, then priest, and finally bishop. The bishop receives the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders, and is able in turn to administer all seven sacraments, through his succession to the apostles. The priest shares in the ministry of the bishop and serves at his discretion, administering the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick and, with special permission, Confirmation. The deacon is ordained for service to the church, and can administer the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage. Deacons can be married at the time of their ordination. (CCC 1536 - 1600).
If you feel called to the vocation of the priesthood, diaconate, or a religious order, visit the Office of Vocation at the Diocese of Toledo website, toledovocations.com.
Sacraments 101: Holy Orders (what ordination means) Video from Busted Halo.
Stewards of Vocation
Jesus calls us as his disciples to a new way of life—the Christian way of life—of which stewardship is a part. But Jesus does not call us as nameless people in a faceless crowd. He calls individually, by name. Each one of us—clergy, religious, layperson, married, single, adult, child—has a personal vocation. God intends each one of us to play a unique role in carrying out the divine plan.
The challenge, then, is to understand our role—our vocation—and to respond generously to this call from God. Christian vocation entails the practice of stewardship. In addition, Christ calls each of us to be stewards of our personal vocations, which we receive from God.
—from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults