Holy orders

Becoming a priest or deacon in a diocese

Diocesan priests serve as parish pastors and priests in the diocese or archdiocese to which they belong. The Archdiocese of Seattle covers all of Western Washington from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

The primary responsibility of the priest is to proclaim in word and action the story of God's great love for us in Jesus Christ. The priest is a co-worker with the bishop. Parish priests provide for the well being of a local parish by helping parishioners see, celebrate and live as Christ taught. The symbol of the priest is a stole hanging straight down both sides of the chest that the priest wears when celebrating the sacraments.

For more information or to discuss what it means to become a priest or deacon for service in the Archdiocese of Seattle, contact:

Fr. Mike McDermott
253–564–5185, ext. 0

Parochial Vicar
253–564–5185, ext. 0

Deacon Steve McGlone
Deacon and Pastoral Assistant for Administration
253–564–5185, ext. 3014

Becoming a sister, brother or priest in a religious order

In the Catholic Church there are many opportunities to serve the people of god. There are many religious orders of men and women in the Church. Some serve as missionaries to foreign lands or to un-churched parts of our own country. Others are dedicated to serving the poor or the sick.

Many religious orders provide associations of laywomen and laymen, as well.

Those interested in joining a religious community or order (e.g., Franciscan, Tacoma Dominicans, Benedictines, Maryknoll or Glenmary, etc.) as a sister, brother or priest should contact the specific religious order they are interested in or:

Fr. Bryan Dolejsi
Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle

Vocation Committee

St. Charles Borromeo Parish's Vocation Committee meets once a month to coordinate efforts to encourage our young people to seriously consider their life's vocation especially the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. They serve as a liaison to the Serra Club and the Knights of Columbus in their work of promoting vocations.

For more information, contact:

Bob Gosselin