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
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- 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 organisations?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Can I leave the priesthood if I want, and is there any support if I do?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?