"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".
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 good to reflect on the generosity of spirit that all Catholics are called to. I encourage all young men and women to take seriously the season of discernment in their lives. When considering what life they will live, all young people should seriously consider a vocation to serve Jesus Christ. In this time, I especially encourage young men to investigate the priesthood. Priesthood in the Catholic Church is a life of service and generosity that requires men of strength and character.
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.


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.

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: (903) 944 8715

Fr. Joshua Neu, SSL
Vocations Director