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
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- If I don’t believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist, can I still become a priest?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- 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?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?