As a priest if I decide that I no longer want to do something, such as work in a specific parish, do I have any say or is it all out of my hands?
You need to keep two ideas clearly in mind and in balance when it comes to your work assignments as a priest. The first is obedience to one’s Ordinary (bishop or religious superior). The second is representation. Ideally, both the Ordinary and the priest seek God’s will. For your Ordinary to make a good decision with regard to your mission, he needs to know you well. He should understand your wishes and desires and appreciate your gifts and talents as well as your weaknesses and limitations. He should take all of this into account when he assigns you to a particular location or ministry.
Of course you may have a good reason to request a particular appointment or to reject another. You should make your bishop or superior aware of your reasons, so he can take them into consideration in coming to his decision. The bottom line is that, because of your commitment to obedience, you should accept in faith his final decision. Nevertheless, the situation can always be revisited if new information or circumstances come to light.
Decisions once taken can be reviewed when new information or new insights emerge.
Most popular questions
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- Why do we have priests? Can’t lay people do the work of priests?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?