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
- 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 is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- 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?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- What’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- 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?