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?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- 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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?