The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character. Local preparation for the priesthood is offered by Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, located in Mt. Washington. If you sense a call to this special vocation, contact Rev. Kyle Schnippel at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocations Office.