Georgetown is a Jesuit school. This article is about young adults joining
Catholic religious orders as priests, nuns, or monks, not church-shoppers. They take initial vows and go through preparatory stages before their
final vows. Many are in college during this time, perhaps studying to become
ordained priests, religious teachers, music people, etc. in the Catholic church.
They can rack up high student debt, which they might not have adequate income to
repay if they join an order immediately.Some of this may be about
honest young people who want to leave the world (figuratively speaking) without
owing it anything.OTOH, some may finish college still needing to
ponder whether a religious order is right for them. If they are true and
faithful and endure to the end, they commit their entire existence to God and
the church; will not marry, have children, be CEOs, own Maseratis or Park City
vacation cabins, etc. In a literal sense, it's like conversion, or entering
into a covenant. Many novitiates may be asking God with a sincere heart and real
intent to confirm their choice. If that makes them more committed priests or
nuns, it's a good thing.
The only thing I could see holding someone back connected to college debt is if
someone just plain doesn't want to pay tithing or some sort of equivalent
since they're trying to reduce expenses/debt not increase it. Though
that'd be kind of peculiar because a lot of churches don't have any
sort of requirements in that regard.