Through baptism, all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ which is referred to as the "common priesthood of the faithful." Another participation in the mission of Christ is the ministry conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Orders. In this Sacrament, the task is to serve in the name and person of Jesus Christ and it confers a sacred power to serve the faithful.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper but reaches back well into the Old Testament age. The recipients of Holy Orders dedicate themselves toward the salvation of others. "Only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination." The Lord Jesus chose men to form the group of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose their successors. The Church is bound to the choice that Christ himself made. Sacrament of Holy Orders is received once in each degree--deacon, priest, and bishop.
If any man among us feels called to Holy Orders, let him step forward and present himself to the Church for discernment.
The Austin Diocese offers a program, PROJECT ANDREW, for Catholic men (ages 16-45) interested in learning more about discernment, the priesthood, and seminary life. The morning includes testimonials from priests and seminarians as well as prayer, Mass and lunch. Discovering one's vocation is about meeting a person: the person of Christ.