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
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- 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 don’t believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist, can I still become a priest?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?