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, presbyterate, and diaconate.
The priest should be a person who knows Jesus intimately, has met Him and learned to love Him. The priest should therefore be a man of prayer, a truly "spiritual" man. Without strong spiritual substance he cannot last in his ministry. From the mystery of Christ he should also learn in his life not to seek himself nor his own promotion. He should learn to spend his life for Christ and for his flock.
If you are interested in the priesthood and would like more information, please contact Fr. John Sponder at 630.922.0081.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Diocese of Joliet Vocations Office at www.dioceseofjoliet.org/vocations.
The Deacons of the Joliet Diocese are dedicated to a ministry of service to all of God's people. Of special concern are the poor, disadvantaged, hungry, needy, homeless, sick, those in prison or anyone in need of God's love. (from Diocesan website)
If you are interested in the Diaconate and would like more information, please contact Fr. John Sponder.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Diocese of Joliet Diaconate Office at www.dioceseofjoliet.org/diaconate or call 815.221.6174.