Does a priest have any money or possessions of his own?
Priests usually have access to funds to support their personal lives. These funds come either from the diocese to which he belongs – e.g. in Dublin, the Share collection goes to providing a basic salary for priests – or from the religious community to which he belongs. Diocesan priests do not take a vow of poverty, though often they live a simple, unostentatious life-style. Members of religious orders, on the other hand, take a vow of poverty and therefore own nothing of their own and receive what they need from the community.
The ideal is that priests act responsibly, use what money they receive wisely and witness to Christ.
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?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- 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?
- Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?