The Department of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations assists the Bishop of Toledo in promoting, supporting, and educating about the Church’s pastoral needs and concerns for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

Permanent Deacons

Men who are ordained to the permanent diaconate promise to live out the charism of service to God and the people of God through a life of ordained ministry. This commitment is characterized by service to the Word of God, the Sacraments of the Church, and a life of Heroic Charity.

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Consecrated Life

Consecrated women religious by their lives witness the joy of eternal union with God. Freed from earthly cares, they more fully manifest the Kingdom of God to all Christians.

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Diocesan Priestly Vocations

All Catholics by their baptism belong to the common priesthood of the faithful. However, some men are called by Christ to an ordained priesthood. Christ established the ordained priesthood to share in the Spirit’s work of sanctifying the faithful.

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