General Information on the Sacrament of Holy Orders

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Click on the link above to access the start of the content on this sacrament. Once on the website, hit ‘Next’ to proceed to the following article.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Click on the link to access the contents page. Scroll down and click on the heading ‘The Sacraments at the service of Communion and Mission’. Then scroll down to read the questions and answers on the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

American Catholic
This web link offers articles on this sacrament as well as questions and answers related to Holy Orders.

Catholic Answers
A link to an article entitled ‘Call no man “Father”’?


Pilgrim Path
The web link dedicated to those considering the diocesan priesthood in the Archdiocese of Armagh.

Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors
A national website offering information and contacts for those interested in the priesthood in Ireland.

Vocations Ireland
The Umbrella body which takes responsibility for religious and missionary vocations in Ireland.

Fishers of Men
View the trailer to this promotional film on vocations to the priesthood. It was produced by Grassroots Films at the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 


Church Documents on Priesthood

Sacerdotalis Caelibatus
An Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI promulgated on 24 June 1967. It affirms the validity of celibacy in the priesthood in the modern Church.

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis
A pronouncement by Pope John Paul II in the form of an Apostolic Letter on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone.

Letter to Priests
Address by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of Holy Thursday 2004