Vacations for clergy
Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:34 AM
I know our associate priest is called to go to other parishes around the city to serve when the single priest parishes are not there. I guess I am asking do our priests really get "time off" or more like me, they have to skip scheduled time off due to work?
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:22 AM
If away from his parish, he might attend a local Church (in the same way that anyone might) and he might be asked to serve with the local clergy but this does not constitute "work" - this is simply attending the Liturgy and taking his proper place with the other clergy.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:29 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:32 PM
Whatever system he follows though, most times he plans things out so as to be serving at some other parish as a guest, while he is away. In other words, for most priests, 'time away' is usually a combination vacation/pilgrimage/visit with another priest, and not just sitting for two weeks on some beach somewhere.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:09 PM
I have a personal story: In my father's village there are two churches, a little old one and a new bigger one that is build near to the old one. Regular services take place in the new church. The parish priest is an old priest. One Sunday, last summer, I visited the village and the Sunday service was performed in the new church by a replacement priest, because the regular priest was on summer "time off". During the service I had to get something from a nearby parish building and and come back soon. As Ι walked out from the main entrance of the old church I heard chanting. Initially I was surprised because the liturgy took place in the new church. I peeked and saw the old priest (the one that was on summer time off) to perform the liturgy with the parish elder chanter. Only these two men were inside the old church building. I followed my path to the nearby parish building and then returned to the new church building. I remember that fleeting moment when I saw the two men secretly praying in the old church and I wonder how many secret prayers are made for our sake by simple and good priests that are on summer "time off".
Edited by Lakis Papas, 31 December 2012 - 05:41 PM.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:39 PM
One of our priests and I were discussing trying to get our rector to take a rest, it's hard because he thinks of going to church as taking a rest! So the best we have managed is to get him to let the other priest be proestaminos (?) and preach for a few weeks.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:37 PM
After the review and approval of the respective Hierarch, each Parish shall be obliged:
8. To provide for an annual vacation period of fifteen (15) calendar days, plus an additional week for each five (5) years of ordained service (up to a maximum of five (5) weeks), regardless of the amount of time served in his current Parish. Prior to absenting himself from his Parish, a Priest shall obtain written permission from the respective Hierarch.
The Regulations make no reference to when vacation days may be taken, except that any use of vacation days must be approved in writing from the Bishop. No idea if the Regulations are similar in other Archdioceses.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:53 AM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:57 PM
Thank you Fr. Raphael. I think the term vacation is probably too secularized in my question. Time off would fit better. I know it wrong for any clergy to miss services without cause, but I also know it is "down time" when the protos does not have to be protos every week. So I guess be a visiting clergy would constitute "down time".
Yes- this is what I had in mind, that it is very rare to encounter clergy who really want a vacation, in the sense of time away from the Church. I mean if this is the motivation then more than likely the issue is much deeper than the desire just for a vacation. In any case to say it positively what most clergy do is to take some time traveling to be with other priests or parishes (or monasteries) for awhile, and meanwhile to take some time airing out a bit.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:20 PM
But being a married priest, I also have a wife and a family and they need a vacation too (if you think being a priest is hard - well being a "priest's family" is just as hard, but without all the perks) And so there are times that we go on a "vacation" away from the parish (whether to visit family or to go on some kind of a trip or a "getaway" or visit friends or whatever). But still the Church is the center of our lives - when we are trying to rest and restore ourselves, why would we abandon the source of our strength and life? Therefore vacations always include attendance at divine services when possible. Its nice to go to a parish and serve (even as first priest) where all I have to do is pray and then when I'm done just walk away without having to focus on the myriad of pastoral issues that inevitably come with a parish.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:23 PM
After all (or in the end, or once we're dead..) that's what we all hope to be doing anyway, for all eternity.
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