What happens to my belongings if I join the priesthood? Can I keep my car?
Not all priests take a vow of poverty. Diocesan priests do not, for instance, and so the requirements regarding keeping or giving up one’s possessions will depend on the seminary and the diocese one joins. The vow of poverty, however, is part and parcel of joining a religious order. This means owning nothing of your own and receiving what you need from the community. If you join a religious congregation, then as a matter of course you’d have to give up your car and all that you own, in order to rely solely on the community.
All this in response to Christ who said: ‘None of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions’ (Luke 14:33). This does not mean that you would not have use of things, or ‘possessions’, such as cars, but their use would be in keeping with your calling as a priest or religious and not just for your personal benefit.
Most popular questions
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- At times, I find it very hard to pray. Is prayer easier when you become a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- How do I decide which Order would be best for me?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?