part in community life, goals,hopes, and work.
Diocesan priests make promisesof celibacy and obedience to theirbishop. They do not make a vow ofpoverty, but they do try to live simply so they can be of service to God’speople.
11. Can priests, brothers,
and sisters date?
No, they can’t because for Christians dating is connected to marriage, and as celibates we plan not tomarry. However, we very much wantand need friendships, and we havefriends of both sexes.
12. Are you ever attracted
to others in a romantic way?
Of course! We still experiencenormal human needs, feelings, anddesires. As celibate people we chooseto channel these feelings—oursexual energies—into other healthydirections. We work at remaining faithful to our vow of celibacythrough prayer, closeness to Jesus,good friendships, and healthy physical exercise.
13. What if I fall in love?
It does happen. The basic respon-
sibility in such a situation is to
preserve the original, existing com-
vows as well. The three most com-
mon vows are:
POVERTY. We share our goodsin common, live a simple life,and realize that we depend onGod.
CELIBACY. We choose to loveand serve God and all God’speople, rather than to love oneperson exclusively in marriage. We offer our celibacyas a witness and testimony toGod’s love.
OBEDIENCE. We live in community and try to listen and follow the will of God by taking
MANY SISTERS do notwear a habit but do weara religious symbol, suchas the cross worn hereby Sister Jennifer Pierce,SNDdeN (right).
PHOTO B Y SIS TER TERR Y DAVIS, SNDdeN, COUR TES Y OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR