(CCC 1536 - 1600)
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. - CCC 1536
Effects of Holy Orders
Seals the soul with an indelible mark.
Empowers the man to serve the faithful by teaching, divine worship, & governance.
The bishop receives the fullness of Holy Orders.
Priests are co-workers with the bishop in service.
Deacons do not receive ministerial priesthood, but do enter ministry and carry out important functions.