PRIEST AND DEACON FORMATION
Our parish Mission Statement encourages us to be one with each other and with Christ
in the Father, so that the Holy Spirit may make Christ known to the world in us through
Word, Sacrament, Prayer and Service.
We believe and pray that the men in our Parish will want to serve our Parish family by
listening to the call from the Holy Spirit to the service of our Catholic Church by
becoming a priest or deacon. Both are a calling from our Triune God and are needed
for the life of our Church and Parish. There is no poor worker so humble that he might
not become a priest, nor no priest so obscure that he might not become a pope; our
priesthood is open to all who believe. St. Anselm said; "For I do not seek to understand
that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand." Jeremiah 29:11 says; "For I know the plans I
have for you." declares the Lord."
We also have opportunities in our Parish to become a Deacon. A deacon is an
ordained minister in our Church and Parish; his ministry is that of service. The deacon
is empowered by our bishop to administer baptism, witness marriages, officiate at
wakes, funerals, and burial services, administer sacramentals, preside at prayer
services, distribute Holy Communion, proclaim the gospel, and deliver the homily.
The diaconate ministry is for the parish and outside the parish. There are many areas
of need for the deacon to perform many acts of charity.
Any questions about the priesthood or diaconate, please call Immaculate Conception Church office
and make an appointment with our Pastor.
Blessings for your discernment about priesthood or diaconate.