babies and adults, and brings God’shealing presence to people throughthe sacraments of Penance andAnointing of the Sick. He is involvedin a variety of other works as well—most often parish-related—but sacramental life is his special ministry.
6. What’s the difference
between a sister and a nun?
Although people use these termsinterchangeably, a sister is a womanwho belongs to an apostolic, oractive, religious institute that isdedicated to ministry, such as education, justice, healthcare, parishwork, advocacy, or social service. Bycontrast, a nun is a sister who belongs to a contemplative monasterywhere most of her day is dedicatedto prayer for the good of the world.
Contemplative nuns are usuallycloistered, that is, they rarely leavethe monastery property.
7. How are religious communities
different from one another?
Each religious institute has acharism—a gift given for the serviceof the church. Their charism may beto teach, pray, or heal, for example.
It helps them accomplish the community’s mission and focus theirministries.
Many communities are like-minded or have similar ministries,but each is distinct in one respect oranother. Sometimes it may just be amatter of geography. Many groupsof religious men and women werefounded for similar purposes and atthe same time but in different places.
Religious communities formed
8. How long does it take
to meet specific needs of the times,
whether it be to serve the sick dur-
ing the Plague, educate children in
frontier territories, or pray for the
conversion of hardened hearts. New
communities continue to be formed
today in response to God calling men
and women to particular forms of
spirituality, community, and mission.
to become a priest?
Generally it takes four years of college, followed by five to six moreyears of seminary study. A seminaryis a college or university run by aCatholic diocese or religious community for educating and preparing men to be diocesan or religiouspriests, respectively.
9. How can I join a religious
The process of joining a religiouscommunity actually takes some timeand involves several stages. Whilethese vary from community to community in name, length of time, andformat, the basic stages include:
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ties and our fellow priests to lead us
toward prayer even when we’d rather
not be bothered. We try to be faithful
even when we don’t feel like it.
4. What’s the difference
between a diocesan priest and
a religious priest?
A diocesan priest ordinarily servesthe church within a geographic areacalled a diocese. He usually servesthe people as a parish priest, but hemay also be involved in many otherforms of ministry like teaching, hospital ministry, campus ministry, orprison ministry.
A religious priest is a member ofa religious institute whose ministrygoes beyond the geographic limits ofany diocese. A religious priest seeksto live a life of poverty, celibacy,and obedience within a communityof men. The community shares acommon vision and spirituality andoften emphasizes a particular type ofministry.
5. What’s the difference
between a brother and a priest?
A brother commits himself to Christby the vows of poverty, celibacy,and obedience. He usually lives in areligious community and works ina ministry that suits his talents andgifts. A brother might be a teacher,electrician, cook, lawyer, technician,parish minister, or artist. He tries tolive his faith by being a “brother” toothers.
A priest is ordained for a distinctive role as a minister of the sacraments. He celebrates the Eucharistand witnesses marriages, baptizes
One of the positiveeffects of prayer,whatever shape it takes,is to keep us awareof God’s activity in thepeople, events,and circumstancesof daily life.