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?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- 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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?