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
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- 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?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- What’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?
- 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?
- 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 orders?
- Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?