When we are thinking of the vocations, or states of life, a person could be called to we generally think of four:
Of course, God doesn’t always put things in nice neat little boxes for us. Some vocations seem to cross borders. What about permanent deacons? Deacons have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, but they aren’t priests. I think, under this categorization, you might consider their state of life to be either married life or single life. What about consecrated virgins? Consecrated virginity is a form of consecrated life but not religious life. They may be categorized here under single life. So, for a fuller explanation of vocations we’ll look at Holy Orders instead of just the priesthood, and consecrated life instead of just religious life.
This is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. Conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Orders which marks them with an indelible spiritual character (as with baptism and confirmation) which cannot be removed
Consecrated persons are lay persons or clerics who assume the evangelical counsels (chastity, poverty and obedience) by means of a sacred bond, and become members of an institute of consecrated life (can. 573.2).
(monks, nuns, sisters, brothers, friars)
(Hermits and Anchorites)
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