Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
Not at all. Family and friends remain important all through life. These relationships, however, must be integrated within your commitment to your religious community, which takes priority. It’s like a married couple whose primary commitment is to one another and to their children, but they also continue to love the rest of their family and their friends.
A person in religious life will continue to have contact with family and friends as long as it doesn’t compromise their central commitment. Take, for instance, a missionary priest. His first commitment is to the mission, which may take him to foreign lands. His relationship with family and friends may of course continue, but his primary focus will be the people he is called to serve.
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?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?
- 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?