Sacraments at the Service of Communion and Mission of the Faithful – Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others, if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. Through these sacraments those already consecrated by Baptism and Confirmation for the common priesthood of all the faithful can receive particular consecrations,
Holy Orders – “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 (bishops), presbyterate (priests), and diaconate (deacons)… No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God” – CCC #1536, 1578 Priestly ministry to those serving in the military is a unique and special vocation. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA is the largest geographical diocese in the country, and within its bounds those called to serve as chaplains must be prepared to undertake ministries as diverse as the regions they visit. As a sacramental minister, the priest-chaplain must bring Christ and the healing power of the Church to men and women serving in an endless range of stressful, dangerous and possible deadly circumstances. He must be prepared to transfer from parish ministry to ministry in a war zone at a moment’s notice, and act as comforter to service members and their families in a way few others will ever experience.
Providing for the spiritual and sacramental needs of men and women in uniform is an essential task, and priest-chaplains are in higher demand now than ever before. Christ needs men to answer the call to the chaplaincy for the good of the Church, the country and the world.
If you think God might be calling you to the priesthood or diaconate, we want to help you discern! Contact one of the priests or the Archdiocese for Military Services Vocations Director
If you would like to talk with one of the priests about becoming a priest or a military chaplain send us a message.