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Clergy / Religious Ministers

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€30k > 55
Clergy / Religious Ministers
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 55
Related Information:
Catholic Priest Dublin Diocese: 31
Church of Ireland Rector: 30
Roman Catholic Hospital Chaplain: 44 - 55

The basic income of a curate in the Dublin Archdiocese is €24,079 a year, plus up to €2,820, depending on length of service. Parish priests get an additional allowance of €4,827, which would bring their maximum total to €31,726.

Priests also live rent-free and have items such as health insurance paid for them.
Data Source(s):
Dublin Diocese / HSE.ie

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Serve their religious community by leading acts of worship and preaching their faith.


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The Work header image

Ministers serve their religious community by teaching the faith, preparing and delivering sermons, leading acts of worship, and officiating at events such as weddings and funerals. They give spiritual guidance and comfort in times of distress and organise practical support, such as providing material comforts to those in need.

Ministers may arrange programmes for theological or biblical study groups, they may also organise community and social events for people of all ages in the congregation. They may also have financial and administrative duties. Many have a prominent role in the community that may involve them in a variety of projects.

They may contribute to newsletters, pamphlets, and articles for newspapers. They must also prepare and hold records as required by civil or church law.

They are required to set aside time for the preparation of sermons, addresses and prayers, and for their own spiritual and devotional life. Accommodation is usually provided for ministers. Depending on the denomination, candidates for ordination normally have to accept a ministry in a location chosen for them.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Pray and promote spirituality.

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Read from sacred texts such as the Bible, Torah, or Koran.

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Prepare and deliver sermons or other talks.

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Organize and lead regular religious services.

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Share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.

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Instruct people who seek conversion to a particular faith.

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Counsel individuals or groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, or personal needs.

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Visit people in homes, hospitals, or prisons to provide them with comfort and support.

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Train leaders of church, community, or youth groups.

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Administer religious rites or ordinances.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Developing Objectives and Strategies: Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Philosophy and Theology: Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

If you are thinking about becoming a minister you must already be active within your own religious community and possess a deep spiritual conviction. The reasons for seeking ordination include:

  • wanting to share and lead religious teaching and worship
  • a desire to bring comfort and help to others through religion
  • a compelling sense of vocation to challenge people beyond their immediate beliefs and morals

As a minister, you must be able to relate to people of all kinds, in all circumstances, with compassion and sensitivity. Leadership skills, an ability to inspire others, and moral and emotional strengths are needed in this work, along with perseverance and stamina.

You need to be comfortable working within a hierarchy, for example taking instructions from your religious superiors.


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Go..Priest - from: YouTube [UK]
Go..Religious Leader - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Communications Office, Archdioceses of Dublin
Address: Archbishop's House, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Tel: (01) 837 9253
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Organisation: Church of Ireland
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Tel: (01) 4978 422
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Organisation: St.Patrick's Pontifical University
Address: Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Tel: (01) 708 4772
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