A Roman Catholic Parish Serving:

Penn Yan, Dundee, Naples, Prattsburgh,

Rushville, and Stanley

Saint Michael's Church
Penn Yan, NY
Parish Founded: 1850
Current Church: 1902

Saint Michael's Catholic School
Penn Yan, NY
School Founded: 1882
Grades: PreK-5

Saint Patrick's Church
Prattsburg, NY
Parish Founded: 1860
Current Church: 1868

Saint Januarius' Church
Naples, NY
Parish Founded: 1876
Current Church: 1964

Cobblestone Springs
Dundee, NY
Year Built: 1840
Staffed By: Sisters of St. Joseph

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know: My bones are not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. (Psalm 139) 

Do you feel God calling you to serve as a Priest, Deacon, or Religious?

It is a calling to serve in any of these roles. All people are called to use the gifts they have been given for the building up of God’s Kingdom. Priests, deacons, and religious serve in a particular way. Serving as a priest, deacon, or religious is not a “JOB.”


Priests serve as ordained ministers, making promises of obedience and celibacy. Priests preside at the celebrations of the Sacraments. To learn more about becoming a priest: Click Here


Do you feel called to serve God’s people as an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church?

Ordained deacons serve through Word, Liturgy and Charity.

In 1968, following the Second Vatican Council, the Permanent Diaconate was restored as an ordained ministry in the Church. In the United States, this ministry has now grown to almost 13,000 deacons and 2,500 men in formation to become deacons.

To learn more about the requirements for entering the application phase for becoming a permanent deacon: Click here.


Members of religious orders make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in service to God. It is a calling from God. We suggest you begin by talking to members of several religious orders to see what the charism of each order is and how you might fit in. Click Here to Learn More

Please continue to pray about a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life. Feel free to contact our clergy with your questions.

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