What kind of free time does a priest get, and can he spend it how he wishes?
Because of the many demands on priests, creative and positive use of leisure time is a challenging task. Finding appropriate sports, fitness and leisure that genuinely invigorate and support ministry demands creativity and thought. As a priest, the matter of how you use free time would be up to you, but you would have to balance whatever you choose with your regular priestly duties. Priests usually build in one complete day off in the week and have the same annual holidays as most other people.
It should be remembered that, as a priest, you are a public figure. For this reason your lifestyle and leisure time should reflect your commitment.
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 can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- 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 do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- 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?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- 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’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?