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
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- 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?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- What if I change my mind about being a priest during training or things just don’t work out? How do I pick my life back up again?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?