Preparation, prayer and the laying on of hands by a successor of the apostles—such is the visible, ordinary part of the Sacrament of Orders. Being charged to minister in the name of Christ and his church, to preach the word, celebrate the sacraments, become another Christ in service to the community—that is the mystery of this sacrament.
Feel free to contact Fr. Bob with questions about this sacrament or Deacon Dave about the diaconate. You can also contact the diocesan vocation director directly here.