“I want to say one word to you and this word is joy,
Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!”
Consecrated life refers to a way of living by women and men who, prompted by the Holy Spirit, freely choose to give radical witness to love of God and neighbor as members of a religious congregation or ‘order’. Each religious congregation is marked by a particular God-given gift or grace (called a charism) that contributes to the life of the Church and world. Members of religious congregations typically follow a specific tradition or spirituality rooted in their founding. They profess vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a way of deepening the Gospel call we all have received as disciples of Christ Jesus.
Those who are discerning a call to religious life are encouraged to contact Sister Dolores at the Parish Office or to contact the Diocese of Richmond Office of Vocations.
Deacons are ministers ordained for tasks of service of the Church; they do not receive the ministerial priesthood, but ordination confers on them important functions in the ministry of the word, divine worship, pastoral governance, and the service of charity, tasks which they must carry out under the pastoral authority of their bishop.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus, it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. Those who are considering Holy Orders are encouraged to contact Father Jazmin at the Parish Office or visit the Diocese of Richmond Vocation office.
For specific questions about the diaconate, you may also contact Deacon Adrian Marchi at the Parish Office.