Orders designates an ecclesial body into which one enters by means of a special consecration (ordination). Through a special gift of the Holy Spirit, this sacrament enables the ordained to exercise a sacred power in the name and with the authority of Christ for the service of the People of God. The anointing of the Spirit seals the priest with an indelible, spiritual character that configures him to Christ the priest and enables him to act in the name of Christ the Head. As a co-worker of the order of bishops he is consecrated to preach the Gospel, to celebrate divine worship, especially the Eucharist from which his ministry draws its strength, and to be a shepherd of the faithful. (Compendium 328)
Is God Calling You To The Priesthood or Religious Life?
One who is considering formation towards the priesthood or religious life is said to be 'discerning a vocation.'
Discernment is a process that takes a great deal of personal reflection, prayer, and spiritual support. If you are discerning a vocation you are encouraged to speak with our pastor.
In the Archdiocese of Agana there are two Seminaries, St. John Paul II Archdiocesan Seminary and the Redemptoris Mater Diocesan Missionary Seminary which trains men for the priesthood; religious orders also have a process of formation and can help with the discernment process.
Women can learn more about joining one of several communities of women religious present in Guam.
For more information about vocations and discernment please look to the website of the Archdiocese of Agana, and consider scheduling an appointment to speak with our pastor.
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