Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. The grace of the sacrament imprints an indelible character on the soul of the recipient and configures him to Christ.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is a sacrament at the service of communion in the Church. It is received so that the recipient may dedicate himself toward the salvation of others.

It contributes to the salvation of the recipient, but only because the recipient works for the salvation of others.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders may be received only once in each of its degrees: deacon, priest, and bishop.

In the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown ordinations to presbyterate and diaconate usually take place in the Easter Season.