Catholic Parish of St Francis Xavier - St Clare

In the Franciscan tradition

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Holy Orders

We are all called to holiness through our different vocations in the single or married life or through the consecrated religious life or priesthood 
 
The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate, "each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ." While being "ordered one to another," they differ essentially. In what sense? While the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace --a life of faith, hope, and charity, a life according to the Spirit--, the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders.
 
- Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC1547)
See Vatican website - Click here

If you wish to explore a call to the priesthood or religious life, more information may be found on:

.  Catholic Vocations - Click here
.  Melbourne Priest - Click here
.  Sites of various religious orders, for example, the Franciscans http://www.franciscans.org.au/home or the Jesuits http://www.jesuit.org.au/ 

 You are also welcome to make an appointment to speak with one of our priests.