or·​di·​na·​tion | \ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of ordination 

: the act or an instance of ordaining : the state of being ordained

Examples of ordination in a Sentence

He is a candidate for ordination. After his ordination, he will be assigned to a local parish.

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On its opening day, a handful of activists seeking the ordination of women as priests staged a singing protest at the Vatican gates hoping to capture the attention of bishops entering. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pressure building on Vatican to give women vote at synod," 15 Oct. 2018 The agreement also means that the Vatican will no longer approve the ordination of bishops in China without Beijing’s permission, meaning that all new leaders of the Catholic hierarchy there will be men acceptable to an avowedly atheist government. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Critics Divided on Vatican’s Deal With China Over Bishops," 23 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Father Pulicare served at nine different churches in the Scranton area following his ordination in 1971 and at four Catholic high schools, according to his obituary in a local newspaper. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "‘I Don’t Want to Die Without Telling This Story’: Reports of Alleged Abuse by Catholic Priests Rise Sharply," 21 Sep. 2018 Customs must provide for such ordination or designation by a considered, deliberate, and responsible act. Ron Maxey, USA TODAY, "Are you sure you're really married? Take a look at who married you," 13 Mar. 2018 Yet today, Infanger is less than two months shy of ordination. Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father, son follow different paths, same calling to become Catholic priests," 30 Mar. 2018 Key elements of his platform were banning ordination for women and re-establishing traditional gender roles, including the teaching that wives should submit to their husbands. Amy Harmon, New York Times, "Southern Baptist Leader Removed as Seminary President for Remarks on Women," 23 May 2018 The groom’s mother is a founder and a member of the executive board of Ordain Women, an organization that works for the ordination of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. New York Times, "Alexandra Petri, Stephen Stromberg," 24 June 2018 Tyler, a former St. Joseph Church seminarian intern and a graduate of Loyola Blakefield, and Matthew, a Dulaney graduate and the son of St. Joseph parishioners, Andy and Caroline DeFusco, were part of the same ordination class. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship," 13 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ordination

: the official act or process of making someone a priest, minister, etc.

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