Mark is a convert to the Catholic faith. When he joined the Church, it didn’t take long for him to figure out how his pastor was involved in parish life, but when he joined a friend for Mass at a cathedral, things got more complicated – the bishop showed up!

The Mass was almost the same, but Mark knew after he walked out of the cathedral that morning that there was something more to the bishop than his unusual vestments.

But what was it?




Read points 249-259 in the YOUCAT, along with the citations, quotes, and definitions on the side columns. When you’re finished, review with the following:

  1. What is the connection between the role of the Bishops and the life of Christ?
  2. What is the special role of the priesthood in the Church?
  3. Why do we talk about the “gift of celibacy”?


Answer with as much detail as necessary:

Think about the role of deacons and priests in your parish. What impact have they personally had on your life?

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