The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Forming Hearts and Minds. Proclaiming Jesus Christ.

All of Christ’s faithful share in a common priesthood through baptism. From among them, the Church calls and ordains men to share specially in Christ’s priesthood. In the Old Covenant, even though Israel was a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6), the Lord called certain men to a special priestly ministry (Exodus 19:22). In the New Covenant, even though Christians are a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:9), Jesus calls certain men to a special priestly ministry (Romans 15:15-16).

This Sacrament is called Holy Orders. Through it priests are ordained and thus empowered to serve the Church (2 Timothy 1:5-7) as pastors, teachers, and spiritual fathers who heal, feed, and strengthen God’s people—most importantly through preaching and the administration of the Sacraments.


At All Saints, young men who would like to learn more about the priesthood should feel free to visit with Father John or Father Tony. The sacrament of Holy Orders is celebrated once a year in the Diocese of Madison, presided over by Bishop Donald Hying. If you are interested in learning more about this sacrament and what preparation is needed, you can contact the Father John at 361-5252

Contact the Madison Diocesan Vocation Office or email

More information about Holy Orders can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1536-1600).

The Traveling Chalice Program…..

Because of the shortage of priests within our Diocese and Communities, All Saints Catholic Parish is starting a Prayer for Vocations Program. Each Month a few families who signup, will be scheduled to take the Traveling Chalice home to pray over it with their family in hopes to present it to a young man who wishes to enter in Holy Orders as a Priest. If you or your family wishes to put your name on the list to take the traveling chalice home, please call the Parish Office at 920-361-5252 or signup in the gathering space after Mass on the weekends.