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My mother passed away a year ago and my father is now thinking about entering into a religious vocation - priest, brother, deacon, etc. He is retired Army, has a few medical problems, and has 5 grown-ish children. We are all very supportive of this decision because he had been in seminary before joining the Army. However he wants us to be weigh all the pros and cons and think deeply on how this will affect us and our families. Not knowing much about religious orders I'm not really sure what all the pros and cons are. Any information about this to help us make an informed decision would be very helpful.
If he becomes a diocesan (secular) priest or deacon, it would really no affect your family much at all. He could remain in the same area, and can keep all his property and pension.
If he becomes a religious, a lot could change. He would likely have to give away all his property or turn it over to the order, and could be assigned anywhere it the world.
Practically, most religious orders don't accept late vocations, because they guarantee financial support for life, and too many older members would burden the community.
Diocese are much more open to older vocation b/c the diocese doesn't promise to support priests and deacons. They get a salary and benefits, but also can draw on their own savings, pensions, etc.
May God Bless your father's vocation abundantly!