Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?
If the nature of these personal debts is such that they require you to make a lot of money, for instance, or commit you to activities that would interfere directly with your ability to study or carry out your duties as a priest, then having these debts would be an obstacle and an impediment. If, on the other hand, the debt could be met over time and without having an undue impact on your life as a seminarian or as a priest, then, in consultation with your bishop or superior, exceptions might be made. Each case would have to be considered independently. Ideally, however, it is advisable for candidates to be free of debts before embarking on the vocational life.
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 can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- 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?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- 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?