Celibacy Revisited – Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s Reflections

Celibacy Revisited, is Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s personal “testimony” on his lifetime commitment to celibacy.  He remarks at the onset: “Writing in the first person is always a risk, but the subject matter of this column is best done, I feel, through personal testimony.  In a world where chastity and celibacy are seen as naive and to be pitied and where there’s a general skepticism that anyone is actually living them out, personal testimony is perhaps the most effective protest.”

Fr. Ron also shared his thoughts on the many ways celibacy has enriched his life: “Looking back on [my] own life and my commitment to celibacy I can say….celibacy has made for some tough seasons and remains, as Thomas Merton once put it, the deep anguish within chastity.  But celibacy has also provided me with a life rich in friendship, rich in community, rich in companionship, rich in family of every kind and rich in opportunity to be present to others.“

Fr. Ron Rolheiser is a Catholic priest and member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was ordained in 1972 and has served in several religious capacities in Canada and the US.  Since August 2005, Fr. Ron has been President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio,Texas. In addition to his cleric responsibilities, he is a frequent lecturer, author of a weekly column that is syndicated in more than fifty newspapers, and has published a number of books, the most recent of which is The Passion and the Cross (2015).

Please click here to review Fr. Ron’s full reflection published in The Angelus