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?
Public speaking, especially preaching, is part of a priest’s duty. With training and effort, even if you’re not comfortable with it, you can manage. Most priests find that after a while it becomes second nature. You could also see it as part of your own personal growth. It might be difficult at times, but you are following the call of Jesus and he will support you. Preaching is a great opportunity to bring his words alive for people.
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?