and obedience may be taken forone, two, or three years, dependingupon the decision of the individual.
These promises are renewable forup to nine years. As soon as threeyears after making temporary vows,a person can make a promise to livethe vows for life.
A man studying for religiouspriesthood must also undergo seminary training. During this time hestudies theology, scripture, churchteachings, and the skills he willneed to be a priest.
10. What vows do priests,
brothers, and sisters make?
Brothers, sisters, and priests in
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In GOD'S name,
and live HOSPITALITY
religious communities make threevows, and some congregationsmake other vows as well. The threemost common vows are:
POVERTY. We share our goods incommon, live a simple life, andrealize that we depend on God.
CELIBACY. We choose to love
and serve God and all God’s
people, rather than to love one
person exclusively in mar-
riage. We offer our celibacy
as a witness and testimony to
OBEDIENCE. We live in community and try to listen and follow the will of God by taking
EACH RELIGIOUS orderor congregation has acharism—a gift given forthe service of the church.
It helps them accomplishthe community’smission and focustheir ministries. Here,Sister Tesa Fitzgerald,C.S.J. talks to kids fromHour Children fostercare home she helpedfound as part of hercommunity’s charism.
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