Do priests get a wage and if so can they do what they wish with it?
Diocesan priests receive a modest salary and are free to budget according to their own discretion. Parish priests are also often provided with accommodation or housekeeping services, but their wage is still likely to fall below that of people in the voluntary sector or business world.
Priests, therefore, live modestly in the main and they do have discretion over what they spend their money on. Many of them have to furnish their own houses, pay for holidays and buy a car out of their wages, so they don’t have a lot of disposable income.
Religious priests take a vow of poverty which means they hand in any earnings to the community and receive what they need from the community common fund. Depending on practice – and practice varies across different religious communities – religious may be given a certain amount of money monthly or annually, which they manage and account for. The community bursar will have overall responsibility for community accounts.
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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- What’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?