Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the ordained ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons is conferred by the laying on of hands, followed by the prayer of consecration. Our ordained ministers serve the Catholic community by:

  • Preaching and teaching the good news of Jesus Christ
  • Leading us in celebrating the sacraments
  • Leading us in working together to build up the Christian community
  • Helping us serve the poor and all those in need.

Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ's name "to feed the Church by the word and grace of God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1535)

Anyone interested in learning more about (or pursuing) the vocation of priesthood, religious life or the diaconate (being a deacon), can contact Rev. Msgr. Randall J. Vashon, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Metuchen, at (732) 562-2453 or by emailing vocations@diometuchen.org