In addition to the priesthood of all believers, Christ called some to a special priesthood of service to all believers. The Church ordains men to the ministry of Deacon and Priest through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
“The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Catholic Church. Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders – as a deacon, priest, or bishop – are consecrated in Christ’s name to ‘feed the church by the word and grace of God.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Are you interested in a vocation to the priesthood to serve in the Diocese of St. Petersburg? Learn more about this life and calling through the diocesan Vocation Office.
Are you interested in becoming a Franciscan friar and a priest, joining the men of Holy Name Province who staff and serve our parish? Start a conversation with any one of the friars here at Sacred Heart. You can also contact the HNP Vocations Office.
Are all Franciscan friars also priests?
Not always. Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus have dedicated themselves to serving the People of God along the East coast for over a century. We are an evangelical and missionary fraternity called to minister in the Eastern United States and abroad. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, we are disciples of Christ who seek to bring the Gospel into the everyday experience of all people through Franciscan witness, popular preaching, teaching, and pastoral leadership. We foster Christian discipleship by collaborating with those whom we serve and by standing in solidarity with all people, especially the alienated, the immigrant, and the poor – and some of us are also priests. Talk with one of our parish friars or with the Franciscan Vocation Office for more information.