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
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- 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?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Why do we have priests? Can’t lay people do the work of priests?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?