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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?