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.

Bishops and priests carry the responsibility not only for governance and for the pastoral and spiritual care of Christians, but also for ensuring Jesus' redeeming sacrifice of his body and blood remains ever present in the Church through the sacrament of the Eucharist. Deacons provide support to priests by, for example, assisting with the Eucharist, by proclaiming the Gospel, by preaching and by presiding over funerals.

If you would like to know more please contact the Vocations Director; Fr Connor McGrath

Telephone: 028 90 654157

Email: c.mcgrath@downandconnor.org

Diocesan Director of Permanent Diaconate

Rev Gerard Fox

Lisbreen, 75 Somerton Road, Belfast, BT15 4DE

Telephone: 028 9077 6185

Email: g.fox@downandconnor.org

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