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What are some facts about Archdiocesan priests?

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Upon ordination as a deacon, about a year before ordination as a priest, archdiocesan priests promise respect and obedience to the archbishop and his successors. Ordained to work in a particular archdiocese, they serve a primarily pastoral role assisting people who work in the contemporary world.

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The large majority of Catholic priests worldwide are diocesan or archdiocesan priests. They work in Catholic schools, in religious administrative offices and as hospital chaplains. Archdiocesan priests can only be males who promise to live in chastity and to live a simple life according to the status of clergy. However, they do not take vows, do not promise to live in poverty, and are not restricted from owning their own property and maintaining their own financial affairs.

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