I have had relationships that have been sexual in nature. Is it still possible for me to make a vow of chastity?
It is theoretically possible for a person who has been sexually active to make a vow of chastity. In practice,however, admission to vows requires careful examination of each candidate’s motivations and level of maturity and readiness to assume the demands and responsibilities of celibate life. Only when the Church, through the bishop or religious superior, judges that a person is ready is he invited to make this vow of chastity.
Most popular questions
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- 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 organisations?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- 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?
- I have a girlfriend but I feel called to religious life. If I go into training for the priesthood can I still keep my girlfriend in case it becomes clear that I don’t actually have a vocation?
- 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?