Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which he bestowed upon his apostles; thus, the catechism of the catholic church refers to the sacrament of holy orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry." "ordination" comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. in the sacrament of holy orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate. All parishioners are encourage to pray daily for the vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Diocesan Office of Vocations exists to promote, encourage, and help in the discernment process of individuals who sense a call to Diocesan Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, and the Permanent Diaconate. We are considered the official contact for those who feel called to a ministry of ‘Service’ in the Church. We support discerning candidates by providing the atmosphere and resources by which they can discern God’s “plan” for their lives. When a discerning candidate responds willingly, with full freedom and knowledge in God’s “plan”, he/she ultimately finds the ‘Joy’, ‘Peace’, and ‘Happiness’ that God has had in store for him/her since the foundation of the World.

For Vocation Information please contact: Fr. Mike Mahoney, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Thunder Bay (farmike5@icloud.com or call 807-577-5672)


If, amidst your acts of generosity and service, a desire for justice and peace seems to be emerging, it’s a good sign. But you want more, don’t you? What the call of God desires to realize in your life is the radical liberation of your capacity to love.

Are you searching to make your life special? — different? Concretize the missionary dream that is awakening in you! This decision belongs to you.

In 1807, a young man by the name of Eugene de Mazenod had a dream, maybe like yours. Desiring to be a companion to the Redeemer, he realized his dream by founding the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, whose mission it was to go among the poor with its many faces. Today, this dream continues to be made real by Oblate priests and brothers in the challenge to build a better world in the name of Jesus.

How can you begin to realize your dream? First, by praying to come to know your vocation; then also by seeking out a spiritual director who can help you to discern God’s desire for you. You certainly could contact the Director of Vocations and discover with him the apostolic commitment of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

For Vocation Information please visit: http://www.omiap.org/vocation or call 416-769-4971.

Missionary Oblates
71 Indian Trail
Toronto, ON M6R 2A1