Holy Orders

By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a common priesthood of believers. We are all called to participate in Christ’s mission of salvation. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, deacons, priests, and bishops are given a special role in carrying out this mission. Priests and Bishops exercise a ministerial priesthood within the Church.
Pope Benedict XVI writes, “The priest is above all a servant of others. In gathering the community, modeling Christ’s love for the poor, presiding at Eucharist, and evangelizing social realities, ordained ministers help Christians imitate Christ’s mission of love and justice.”  Deacons exercise the ministry of Christ through service and build up the People of God through the ministry of the Gospel, of service at the Altar, and the ministry of charity to those in need.

The clergy of St. Michael Parish would be delighted to answer questions about ordained vocations with any man of our parish. They are also happy to discuss vocations to the Consecrated Life with any of our parishioners.

For further information about Vocations contact the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Raleigh





A Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, we thank you for
calling men and women to serve in your
Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and
consecrated religious. Send your Holy Spirit
to help others to respond generously 
and courageously
to your call. May our parish
 support vocations of
sacrificial love in our youth and young adults.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.