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Holy Orders/Religious Life

There are many different gifts, but it is the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but it is always the same Lord.  There are many different forms of activity, but in everybody it is the same God who is at work in them all.  (1 Cor 12:4-5)

Through the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, every member of the church is called to serve others and spread the word of God.  there are those among us, however, who are called by God and affirmed by the community to preside at Eucharist, preach and teach God's word, calling on His blessing for the people, and building the Christian community.  Those people are members of the ordained priesthood or diaconate.

Consecrated life as a Sister or Brother offers many possibilities for those individuals not entering the priesthood.  Women may prayerfully consider service and dedication to God and the Church in a religious community.  Sisters are involved in many types of work, including teaching, nursing, social work, medicine, law, pastoral work in the religious community.  The nature of consecrated life, prayer and commitment, the candidate may take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

St. Martin of Tours is served by the religious community of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.  If you are considering a religious vocation and would like more information, please contact a member of the pastoral staff.