A Definition of the Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
Bishops (episcopate) are those who have care of multiple congregations and have the task of appointing, ordaining, and disciplining priests and deacons. They are often called ‘evangelists’ in the New Testament. Examples of first century bishops include Timothy and Titus (1 Tim. 5:19-22, 2 Tim. 4:5, Titus 1:5).
Priests (presbyterate) are also known as “presbyters” or “elders.” In fact, the English term “priest” is simply a contraction of the Greek word “πρεσβύτερος” [presbyteros]. They have the responsibility of teaching, governing, and performing the sacraments in a given congregation (1 Tim. 5:17, Jas. 5:14-15).
Deacons (diaconate) are the assistants of the bishops and have the task of teaching and administering certain church functions, such as the distribution of food (Acts 6:1-6).
It is not an easy life, but it is an immensely rewarding one.
I encourage the young men of the Diocese of Tyler to contact our Office of Vocations, and speak to the Director. The Church can and will help you to properly discern God’s call. Your willingness to try, to spend time in discernment, is a great gift that you can give. You may be called. Don’t overlook your chance to find out.
YOU MAY BE CALLED
Our Department of Vocations can help you to properly discern your path.
Contact Fr. Joshua Neu, our Director of Vocations, and he will help you to begin the process of discernment.
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