Holy Orders

Holy Orders

He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." - Luke 10:2

A Call from God

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults teaches us, that from the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

Where does our Diocese send Seminarians?

About the Priesthood and the Permanent Diaconate

Young and adult men who are curious about the priesthood and who may be discerning a vocation are encouraged to contact he Parish Office and speak to one of our priests who would be very happy to answer questions and to share some of his story.  Adult men between the ages of 30 and 55 who wish to learn more about the permanent diaconate and who may be discerning a vocation are also encouraged to contact the Parish Office or the Vocations Office at the Catholic Chancery, 573-635-9127.

Vocations at Cathedral of St Joseph

Heavenly Father, bless our diocese with the grace of many vocations to the priesthood from our parish. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, grant those You have called, the courage to follow Your will. Grant also to those serving as priests the grace to serve with the faithfulness of Christ. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Cathedral of St Joseph Vocations Committee

The mission of the Cathedral’s Vocations Committee is to promote vocations by prayer, personal contact and projects involving the parish, school and families in an effort to be blessed with dedicated priests, deacons, consecrated persons, and faith-filled and generous parents and single people.

How We Support Vocations

We carry out our mission by:

  • Coordinating the Monthly Rosary for Vocations before Weekend Masses
  • Coordinating and Supporting the Classroom Adopt-A-Seminarian Program
  • Encouraging Eucharistic Adoration for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life
  • Coordinating the Called by Name Program
  • Coordinating the Snacks for Seminarians Program
  • Sending Postcards to Priests/Nuns/Deacons/Seminarians
  • Sending Cards to Parents of Newly Baptized
  • Sending Cards to Seminarians (Birthdays and Special Feasts)
  • Purchasing Religious or Vocations Oriented Books and Other Items for the Cathedral School
  • Purchasing and Distributing Holy Cards/Bookmarks with Vocations Prayers
  • Supporting the 6th Grade Vocations Day
  • Sending letters to First Communicants
  • Sending letters to Confirmation class Juniors
  • Sending Letters of Congratulations and encouragement to graduates of 8th Grade and High School
  • Having a Mass, a month for the intention of a particular seminarian.
  • Collectively and Individually Praying for Vocations
How You Can Help

If you are interested in helping with these activities or for additional information regarding the St. Joseph Cathedral Vocations Committee, please contact Mr. Louie Delk at louiedelk@hotmail.com.

The Fruit of Our Prayers
Called by Name

The Parish Vocations’ Committee sponsors “Called By Name”  —a program of vocation awareness—that offers us an opportunity to pray for vocations, to recognize gifts and potential for leadership and service in members of our parish, and, finally, to call forth and encourage these members to share their gifts in priesthood and religious life. Perhaps you know a single man or woman who in your opinion, would have the qualities to become a priest, sister or brother.  Please complete the fillable form at the bottom of the page.

Qualities Desired in a Candidate For Priesthood and Religious Life

He or She demonstrates the following: 

Comes from a good family

Attends weekend Mass regularly

Seems to take prayer life seriously

Is intellectually competent for age level

Is liked by peers

Respects elders/elders - see goodness in the student

Called by Name

The parish Vocations Committee is sponsoring “Called By Name” - a program of vocation awareness. After prayerful consideration, I believe the person named below has the qualities needed in a future priest, sister, or brother. Perhaps our Lord Jesus is calling him or her to this particular path of discipleship.

The fruit of our prayers

Our vocations committee works tirelessly to support vocations in our parish and community. We encourage you and your family to pray for vocations, sign up to "host" the Christ the High Priest icon, and get involved with our mission. Our prayer and encouragement assists young members in our parish in discerning their vocation. Below, you can see the number of seminarians, priests and religious from our parish.

Seminarians from St. Joseph Cathedral Parish currently enrolled
Priests have been ordained from the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish
Professed Religious from St. Joseph Cathedral Parish