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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?
- What’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?