Fr. Tony Ricard and Fr. Harry Bugler walk with St. Rita school children around the church.

Fr. Tony Ricard and Fr. Harry Bugler walk with St. Rita school children around the church.

I will give you shepherds after my own heart.
— Jeremiah 3:15
Msgr. William Castel, pastor of St. Rita Parish from -1958, is pictured with various priests who served with him during his pastorate.

Msgr. William Castel, pastor of St. Rita Parish from -1958, is pictured with various priests who served with him during his pastorate.

Holy Orders

Along with Marriage, the other sacrament of mission is Holy Orders. The Sacrament of Holy Orders is experienced in three degrees: the diaconate, the priesthood, and the episcopacy.

Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, all of the faithful experience a universal call to holiness. In Holy Orders, however, men are consecrated to the service of all the faithful, nourishing them through Word and Sacrament.


For Those Interested in Holy Orders or Religious Life

Men interested in Holy Orders, either the priesthood or the diaconate, are encouraged to research and pray upon the matter patiently and fervently.

Women and men interested in consecrated life as a religious sister or brother are also encouraged to give prayerful consideration to the matter, and entrust it to the Lord. We are each called to discern and live our vocation, embracing it as a gift from God—whether that vocation is to single life, married life, or the consecrated life.

If you feel you may be called to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life, please feel free to contact Fr. Jim or Fr. Peter to discern this special calling from God.

If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office at the Parish Center (504) 887-7821.