St. Anne Catholic Community • Basilian Fathers Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
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Even Christ did not glorify himself with the office of high priest: he received it from the One who said to him: ‘You are a priest forever ...” Hebrews 5:1-6
Holy Orders are the sacrament of service and love which addresses the “order of the Church.” This sacrament insures that the Church will act sacramentally, proclaiming the Gospel in word, sacrament, witness and service.

Second Vatican Council, with its emphasis on the Church as the People of God, reaffirmed that all baptized participate in some way in the priesthood of Christ Jesus. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, n.11)

While the priesthood of the baptized and the priesthood of the ordained differ in essence both are related to the one priesthood of Christ. Since the ordained priesthood includes prophetic and shepherding as well as cultic functions, it embraces more than sacramental and liturgical responsibilities. (Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, nn2-6)

The Church is the Sacrament of God present in the world. Consequently, the Church must act and be sacrament. This requires that there be persons “ordained” and “appointed” to insure the ordered and proper celebration of the sacraments for the good of the whole Church. Through the exercise of the sacrament of Holy Orders, the entire sacramental reality is expressed: “The good news of the Reign of God is proclaimed, the Eucharist is celebrated, the death and resurrection of Christ are made real and effective for individuals in Baptism, sins are forgiven, the sick are ministered to and healed, human love is sanctified, the Holy Spirit is poured forth, and the mediating, priestly work of Christ is continued.” (Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien)

St. Anne Catholic Community is served by the Congregation of St. Basil. According to Basilian Customs, Basilians are called to the example set by Christ and expressed by St. Basil, their patron:

“We who have been called by the Lord should remember the words of the Apostle: I, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to lead a life worthy of your calling, in complete humility and gentleness, with patience, supporting one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Remain in the one Body only and the one Spirit as you have been called in the one hope.”

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is created by God to be a permanent union of man and woman – an unbroken bond – a Sacrament.

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While all Christians are initiated into the Church through the same essential process, not all Christians are called to live the same manner of commitment. Some are called to live in intimate union with another through the sacrament of marriage; some are called to live single lives; some are called to live a life of service that is directed at the ministry and mission of the Church. Both the commitment to marriage, (a commitment to human life) and the commitment to the mission of the Church, (a commitment to the life of the Church), are seen as fundamental calls to service and love. These Sacraments consist of Matrimony and Holy Orders.
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“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with erring sinners, for he himself is beset by weakness and so must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. One does not take this honor on his own initiative, but only when called by God as Aaron was.
Discover the Road Less Traveled
- Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14,
6:30-9:00 pm. A monthly discernment gathering at St. Mary's Seminary for single young adult men ages 18 and older.

Women Seeking the Road Less Traveled - Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14,
6:30-9:00 p.m.

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Holy Orders
Anointing of the Sick
Confirmation and Eucharist