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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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 Before his denomination allowed the ordination of female priests in 1976, Bishop Eastman had a female seminarian working on his staff. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, dies at 89," 28 Apr. 2018 But on the issue of the ordination of women, Francis has appeared to put himself squarely on the side of his predecessors. Delia Gallagher And Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Vatican open to official role for women and married men in Amazon," 8 June 2018 Mark Bartosic, Robert Casey and Ronald Hicks as bishops-elect until their episcopal ordination at Holy Name Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Church in Cook and Lake counties, on Sept. 17, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Pope Francis taps 3 new auxiliary bishops for Chicago Catholic archdiocese," 3 July 2018 By contrast Mrs Merkel gives priority to an array of less-contentious subjects, including better border controls, greater co-ordination of defence and more co-operation on education and research. The Economist, "The growing strains between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron," 24 May 2018 Many St Joseph’s parishioners and staff attended the ordination Mass at the Basilica. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship," 13 June 2018 Unlike women’s ordination, which is forbidden as a matter of church doctrine, the practice of a celibate priesthood in the Latin rite Catholic Church is a discipline that could be changed. Washington Post, "Vatican seeks ‘courageous’ ideas to combat priest shortage," 8 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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