Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.
If you or someone you know is interested in the priesthood or serving the Church, please contact the Parish Office at 847-658-7625.
A Seminarian Story
Connor Orabutt, our Seminarian from Saint Margaret Mary, spoke at the Church on January 8, 2016. Connor talked about his vocation story along with Mary’s impact on us and on the world. Here is the video recording from that very special event…
Special thanks to Dan Limbach, who taped and edited this video presentation.
The Diocese of Rockford Office of Vocations is the focus point for those seeking to serve God as priests. The Vicar for Clergy oversees this office, as well as, the Office of the Diaconate which prepares men to be deacons in our parishes. Without your generosity, bringing God’s mercy to his people would be very difficult; parishioners throughout the parishes in our diocese play a crucial part in the formation of priests and deacons.
Dear Catholic Young Men and Women,
Thank you for taking the time to seek out information on discerning your vocation.
The opportunity to open your heart to God’s will and to discern when He is calling you is truly a gift. Such thoughts and prayers set you on a path that leads to experiencing His grace, His peace, and His joy. Each one of us needs to ask the question “Lord, what are you calling me to?” We ask that question with an open heart and mind, like the apostles who’s calling by Christ is described in the Gospels.
It takes effort to listen to and to hear that calling. Sometimes it takes real courage to say yes to the Lord. But in the end, His calling will make us happy, in this life and in the next.
I am grateful that you have come to this website. It is our hope that the information that you find here will help you as you discern.
Be assured of my prayers for you,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford