I know there’s no hard and fast rules about these types of things and that every situation/priest is different, but I’m looking for some general guidelines about proper etiquette when inviting a particular priest (not just any ol’ guy from a local parish) to speak at an event. I’m trying. to get a priest to come to and speak in front of my college’s Catholic Student Club, but I’ve never “booked” a priest before and I don’t want to pull any no-nos.
- If the priest is a local priest (I.e. someone who doesn’t normally “tour” who tour the country speaking like Father John Corapi), do you think they’d expect to be paid?
- If there’s not outright fee, is it customary to take a collection for the priest, and/or give him a stipend? If so, how much is an appropriate amount?
- It is appropriate to tell the priest what topic we’re interested in him/whoever comes to speak about?
- Is 4 weeks before an event decent enough notice?
I don’t want to sound clueless, and maybe I’m worrying too much. I just don’t want to rude. J
Any advice would be appreciated!