The Sacrament of Holy Orders
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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1536)
Everyone has a vocation. Through baptism, we share a common vocation: "To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27) Some live a loving life as a single person or a married person. Others are called to love God and serve the Kingdom as a priest or religious.
At Mission San Luis Rey Parish, we are blessed to have Franciscan Friars and priests standing at the heart of our community. These men are called to "give our lives to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in humble and compassionate service, with special concern for the poor and marginalized. Dedicated to Christ with his open arms — and inspired by Francis, who embraced the leper — we promote justice, healing, peace, and reconciliation."
Walking beside the friars in prayer and community, we are called to pray and call to mind our own vocation awareness. Our hope is that MSLRP is a "fertile ground" where many new priests, brothers, religious and lay religious are called by God and nurtured by our community.
If you are a young man who feels that the Holy Spirit may be calling you to find out more about the life of a priest or a brother, please call
Eric Pilarcik, OFM
Franciscan Friars of Saint Barbara
1500 34th Ave.
Oakland, CA 94601-3024
510-821-4492 (en espanol)
If you are a young woman who feels that the Holy Spirit may be calling you to find out more about the life of a sister or a nun, please call
Monastery of Saint Clare
215 East Los Olivos Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3605
Phone: (805) 682-7670
If you are a lay person who feels that the Holy Spirit may be calling you to find out more about the Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, please call:
Director of Formation
Secular Franciscan Order
Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
760-305-8984 or 1-800-FRANCIS