About the Sacrament of Holy Orders

From the moment of Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ’s priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way. 

“Here I am, send me.” (Is 6:8)

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.


A Life of Service

Since the time of the Apostles, Christ has personally called forth some men and women to dedicate their lives ministering to the People of God in the service of the Church as a priest or religious sister or brother.

To discuss or learn more about a vocation to the Catholic diocesan priesthood, or religious life as an Idente Missionary, please check out the below links.


Idente Missionary

Catholic men and women between the ages of 18-35 who are seriously discerning the call of Jesus to be an Idente Missionary, please contact us:

Fr. Roland P. Pereira, M.Id

Our Lady of Loretto Church

104 Greenwich St.

Hempstead, NY 11550

(347) 621-6356