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?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- 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?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?