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
- 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?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- If I don’t believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist, can I still become a priest?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- 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?
- I’d like to join a religious community but I like living in Ireland. Can I be sent anywhere or do I have a say in the matter?
- Is a brother the same as a priest?