Holy Orders & Vocations

On one occasion, while they were engaged in the liturgy of the Lord and were fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them: “Set apart Barnabas and Saul for me to do the work for which I have called them.” Then after they had fasted and prayed, they imposed hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 13:2-3

The sacrament of Holy orders is the one through which Christ gives the power and the grace to perform the sacred duties of bishops, priests, and deacons.

Jesus called the Apostles to be His followers in a very special way, and He designated St. Peter as the first Pope. At the Last Supper, Jesus conferred the priesthood on the Apostles when he said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Holy Orders

Interested in the priesthood or the religious life? Call the parish office (703-433-6770) to talk with Fr. Saunders or Fr. Schierer or visit the Arlington Diocese Vocations page.

Vocations to the Religious Life

Here are just a few of the many religious orders in the USA:

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist – A young, vibrant order of nuns with an apostolate for educating the young.

Carmelite Monks of Wyoming – A contemplative order of young men living a manly, agrarian way of life in rustic Wyoming.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – Contemplative nuns with an affinity for the traditional liturgy who offer their lives in prayer and sacrifice for priests.

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter – A community of Catholic priests with a spiritual life centered on the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite.

Canons Regular of St. John Cantius – A religious community of men dedicated to the restoration of the sacred through liturgies, devotions, sacred art and music, and instruction.

Dominican Nuns of St. Dominic’s Monastery – These Dominican nuns are located in nearby Linden, VA.

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal – These friars’ mission is to serve the poor and homeless and to evangelize.  This order was founded in part by Fr. Benedict Groeschel.

Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal – These sisters live a joyful life focused on serving the poor and homeless.


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