Holy Orders is the Sacrament by which a man becomes a deacon, priest, or bishop. The graces of this Sacrament greatly assist a man in sharing the love of Christ, including the graces of the other Sacraments, with the Christian faithful.
Religious life – consecration to the Lord in a life with the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience – is a great wonder and blessing. The Lord looks with great affection on those whom he calls to be a member of a religious order, whether as a priest, sister, or brother.
A man who is discerning whether the Lord is calling him to the diaconate or the priesthood should meet with the pastor of the parish, or with any other priest of the Diocese of Lansing. The priest assists the man in his discernment, and puts him in touch with the Diocesan Office of Vocations, which can provide further information and assistance.
A man or woman who is discerning whether the Lord is calling him or her to religious life should meet with the pastor or with a priest or member of a religious order. There are many religious orders for men and for women, with different traditions, ways of life, and missions (charisms). There is rich opportunity here, for those who are open to the special graces of religious life.