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 can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- 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?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- 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?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?