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 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?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- What’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- 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?