Vocations to Holy Orders

(The Priesthood and the Permanent Diaconate)


God made you for a unique purpose.  Even before you were born, he knew your vocation, your mission in life. And if you are a faithful Catholic man, God may be calling you for a higher purpose—to become a Catholic priest.


Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles is exercised in the Church. It is a special vocation that could not be discerned alone: if you are currently discerning or are interested in discerning a vocation to the priesthood, please reach out to our pastor, Msgr. Gregory Smith for further direction and conversation. In addition, you can find more information about the priesthood and beginning your discernment journey here in the Archdiocese of Vancouver by visiting the Vocations Office website

Permanent Diaconate

In the early Church, some men were called to become deacons, ordained ministers who served the people of God under the direction of the Bishop. As a response to the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council, the Bishops of Canada reactivated the order of permanent deacons in 1969. In February 2011, Archbishop Michael Miller officially restored the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

If you are interested in discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate here in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, please contact the director of the Permanent Diaconate Office: Msgr. Gregory Smith, or visit their website.

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