Is it a lonely life being a priest?
There is no doubt that priesthood entails a significant sacrifice. You would be giving up the possibility of an intimate, exclusive relationship which is, for most people, the normal, natural way of life. This is not an easy option, even though it has its own rewards.
What keeps many priests free of the burden of persistent loneliness in this situation is a deep faith and an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ in prayer. What often flows from this is a number of loving, tender relationships with God’s people whom he is called to serve.
Obviously it is important for priests to cultivate a healthy, balanced life-style not only in terms of physical health, but also in terms of friendships and social life in general.
A certain degree of loneliness is unavoidable in the priesthood. But it is too for other states of life, and in all cases professional help is available.
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?
- 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?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- Why do some priests wear religious clothes while others don’t?