Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, California

Holy Orders

“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. It includes three degrees: episcopate (bishop), presbyterate (priest), and diaconate (deacon)” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1536).

The life of the Church is uniquely tied to the Sacrament of Holy Orders because without Holy Orders we would not have bishops, priests, or deacons. Through this sacrament, the Church is able to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.

Much discernment and preparation must take place before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders. If you would like to begin the journey of exploring this sacrament more, please contact our parish office to make an appointment with a deacon or priest or contact the Office of Vocations.