As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
Of course. Family and friends are a great source of support and joy for priests. They can often be a key part of your support network. Having a place you can go and be yourself with people who know you well is very important. As a priest, whether diocesan or religious, you will have a great deal of personal freedom. You will have duties and tasks and responsibilities like everybody else, but also discretion over how to organise your leisure time. Naturally you would do this in a way that is consistent with your religious commitments.
Most popular questions
- 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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- 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’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?
- Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?