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William wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am trying to resolve a debate about whether (nuns, monks, priests, etc.) have to sit in a specific place for Mass and other services.

Possibly they have different locations based on their position? . . . I don't know. Some say the last row, some say the front row, others are all over the place with their opinions.

  • Can you chime in with some actual rules or guidelines?

Thank you,


  { Do Catholic (priests, monks, nuns, etc.) have to sit in a certain place at Mass and other services? }

Eric replied:


Priests not serving at the altar, sisters and nuns, monks and brothers, do not have an assigned seating in a parish church except perhaps by parish custom.

At their own monastery or convent, religious often will have a special place to sit, called choir.


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