The Roman Catholic Church is a manifestation of the Kingdom of God on earth consisting of the followers of Jesus Christ born in Baptism, formed by God’s Word, and fed at the Eucharistic table. As the Scriptures prescribe, the Body of Christ consists of Head and Members. We recognize Jesus Christ as the Head in our ordained Bishops and Priests.
Men from among the lay faithful are ordained to serve in these ministries and to fulfill this office - that of Christ among us. Certain roles and functions within the Body of Christ are reserved to the ordained members as they represent Christ the High Priest in our midst.
Deacons, who also recieve the sacrament of Holy Orders, are ministers of the Word and of Charity. They can be married or celibate men over 35 years of age.
If you feel that you might be called to the Religious or Ordained Life please feel free to contact The Diocesan Vocation Office. Also feel free to check out the Diaconate Office, Borromeo Seminary, Cleveland's College Seminary and St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology.