What do the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience mean today?

These three vows are also called the evangelical counsels and describe a radical way to live out the Gospel. In each age, they can provide a strong witness to Gospel values in the face of competing or even contrary values … Continue Reading >>

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Do priests take a vow of chastity?

Religious priests take a vow of chastity and diocesan priests promise celibacy.

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What is the difference between a deacon and a priest?

Both are ordained, but a deacon is a sacramental sign of the service which all Christians are to offer to the world and a priest is to represent Christ as the head of the Church through the three-fold ministry to … Continue Reading >>

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What is the difference between a priest and a brother?

A priest is ordained and is the ordinary minister of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Penance (confession), Matrimony, and the Anointing of the Sick. The life of a brother is more like that of a religious sister: he lives in … Continue Reading >>

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What is the difference between a religious order priest and a diocesan priest?

A religious order priest belongs to a religious community, such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, etc., who strive to live out the charism of their founder and often have a particular type of ministry, e.g., education, health care. They usually live … Continue Reading >>

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Why are there so many different religious orders?

Each religious order has a founder who was inspired to meet a certain need or respond to a specific situation in the history of the Church. Those orders whose mission or charism addresses ongoing concerns, tend to survive, but many … Continue Reading >>

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Female Religious

These are women who typically take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience within a religious community and who follow the charism (vision) of their founder. Nuns are cloistered, living a life of prayer within a monastery with limited, internal apostolates. … Continue Reading >>

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Deacon

A deacon is an ordained minister of the Church who can preach, baptize, witness marriages, and preside at burials. There are two types of deacons: permanent deacons, who are often married and have another occupation to support themselves; and transitional … Continue Reading >>

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Apostolic

These are priests who join a religious society or congregation in order to follow the charism of their founder. They do not belong to a diocese. Apostolic priests take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They usually live and work … Continue Reading >>

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What is a Friar?

A friar is a member of one of the mendicant orders (lives on the voluntary offerings of the faithful). Friars take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience within a religious community and who follow the vision of their founder.

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