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?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- 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?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- 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?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?