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?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- 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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?