1. What do priests, sisters,
about church vocations
. . . And honest answers to your questions about priests, sisters, brothers,
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and brothers do all day?
Just like most adults, we spend a portion
of each day working. We call our work
ministry because the model and motivation for what we do is Jesus, who asked
that we follow his example of service to
But we don’t just work! in order to
live in a healthy, balanced way we try to
keep a mix of prayer, ministry, and play
in our lives. These three things—prayer,
ministry, and play—help us stay healthy
so that we can be more effective ministers and happy people.
in the area of work or ministry,
many priests, brothers, and sisters have
one main job, such as teaching, parish ministry, social work, or hospital
work—all of which have somewhat
regular hours and predictable demands.
our daily schedule can look different
than the typical adult’s. often we have
evening meetings, and those of us who
are priests or parish ministers usually
work on saturdays and sundays and take
some time off during the week.
The unpredictable demands also lend
richness to our lives. These often center
around meeting the needs of people,
whether children in schools, families
preparing to celebrate the sacraments, or
the sick, elderly, angry, hurt, hungry, or
imprisoned. We try to share our lives with
others and to reveal Christ in all we do.