and prayer to learn more about
themselves, the community, and
their relationship with Jesus. At the
end of the novitiate, novices prepare
for temporary vows.
VOWS: Promises of poverty, celibacy,
and obedience may be taken for one,
two, or three years, depending upon
the decision of the individual. These
promises are renewable for up to
nine years. As soon as three years after making temporary vows, a person
can make a promise to live the vows
A man studying for religious
priesthood must also undergo seminary training. During this time he
studies theology, scripture, church
teachings, and the skills he will need
to be a priest.
10. What vows do priests,
brothers, and sisters make?
Brothers, sisters, and priests in religious communities make three vows,
and some congregations make other
vows as well. The three most common vows are:
Poverty. We share our goods
in common, live a simple life,
and realize that we depend on
Celibacy. We choose to love
and serve God and all God’s
people, rather than to love one
person exclusively in marriage. We offer our celibacy
as a witness and testimony to
Obedience. We live in com-
munity and try to listen and
follow the will of God by
taking part in community life,
goals, hopes, and work.
Diocesan priests make promises
of celibacy and obedience to their
bishop. They do not make a vow
of poverty, but they do try to live
simply so they can be of service to
11. Can priests, brothers,
and sisters date?
No, they can’t because dating is
meant to lead to marriage, and
as celibates we plan not to marry.
However, we very much want and
need friendships, and we have
friends of both sexes.
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