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?
- 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?
- 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 orders?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- 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?
- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
- Why do some priests wear religious clothes while others don’t?
- What’s the difference between a sister and a nun?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?