If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
Not at all. Those responsible for vocations in a diocese or religious congregation will fully respect your wishes and intentions, if you make these clear to them.
There should be no pressure or excessive outside influence in coming to a decision about vocation. It is a deeply personal thing, between the person who may feel called and God who calls.
A good spiritual guide will exert no pressure but will listen respectfully to your thoughts and feelings helping you to pick up on the subtle, ‘gentle breeze’ of the Holy Spirit. Ideally both of you should be open to seeking and finding God’s will and not your own.
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?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- What if I change my mind about being a priest during training or things just don’t work out? How do I pick my life back up again?
- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- 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?