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
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- 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 organisations?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- 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 have a girlfriend but I feel called to religious life. If I go into training for the priesthood can I still keep my girlfriend in case it becomes clear that I don’t actually have a vocation?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- 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?