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Roman Catholic Priests

Overview

Roman Catholic priests serve as either diocesan priests (sometimes called secular priests), leading individual parishes within a certain diocese, or as religious priests, living and working with other members of their religious order. The primary function of all priests is administering the church's seven sacraments: baptism, confirmation, confession, holy communion, marriage, holy orders, and anointing of the sick. Diocesan priests also visit the sick, oversee religious education programs, and generally provide pastoral care to their parishioners. Religious priests often serve as educators and missionaries, or they may be cloistered in a monastery. There were approximately 37,578 Roman Catholic priests in the United States in 2015, most of whom were diocesan priests.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Outgoing

Problem-Solving

Career Ladder
Bishop, or Archbishop, or Cardinal

Administrator or Teacher

Experienced Roman Catholic Priest

Associate Pastor

Novice