What does it mean when the Church says the priest works in persona Christi? Why is apostolic succession so important for a proper understanding of Holy Orders? What is the difference between a bishop, and priest, and a deacon? Why is celibacy an important gift and discipline? Are all consecrated ministers, like monks and nuns, ordained ministers?
O God, you sent your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe. I join him in praying for laborers for your harvest. May your Holy Spirit inspire men and women to continue his mission through your priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry. May this same Spirit make known your will for my life. Amen.
St. John Vianney
Do I pray for my bishop, my priests, and my deacons?
Catholic Encyclopedia: Holy Orders
Bishop, Priest, and Deacon
Catholic Encyclopedia: Apostolic Succession
Catholic Encyclopedia: Celibacy of the Clergy
Celibacy and the Priesthood
Celibacy Is a Gift
Women & the Priesthood - Dr. Peter Kreeft
Priest or Priestess?
No Apologies #97 - Call No Man Father
Call No Man "Father"
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