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Why I’m quitting priesthood after 9 years – Man makes tough decision (Video)

  • A man has decided to quit priesthood after 9 years.
  • The clergyman noted that it’s highly necessary for his mental health.

South-African Reverend Lefoko Mogotsi, who has dedicated over nine years to priesthood, recently announced his resignation in a heartfelt TikTok video.

Via an emotionally charged post, the reverend conveyed his difficult decision to step away from his vocation in order to prioritize his mental well-being.

In the video, Reverend Mogotsi candidly explained that he had been battling depression and anxiety for several years, and the pressures associated with his role as a priest had profoundly affected his overall health.

In his words:

“After 9 years of being a priest, I am making the hardest decision of my life. I’ve decided to let go of my calling for the sake of my mental health. I am walking away. Judge me all you want.”

Watch the video below:


The reverend’s video deeply resonated with viewers, as he openly discussed the challenges he had encountered, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing personal well-being and taking a break from the demanding nature of his work.

The clergyman in a follow-up post also noted that he’s not a Roman Catholic Priest and has a wife and children.

Reacting to the emotional clip, one @DYEYI-KHOZAH said; “Sebastical leave is needed sheeeemmm but most pastors are not aware of it. May the good Lord carry you.”

@baby said; “Don’t quite dear, as u are doing God’s work, deliverance will come for you. For his word says is there anything too hard for God, keep on in faith.

@maan beny reacted; “But who said that a road going to God’s kingdom is easy please don’t give up just pray herder for with God never is impossible.”

@Teetee2 reacted: “It’s still better than hiding and doing the unthinkable!”

@Monis 2 commented: “I decide yesterday also to take a break but not from God, only the church. I’m drained. So sad that there’s no trauma counselling for pastors.”

@Palesa.Let reacted; “Love and light Reverend. I know God will see you thru this. it’s high time we accept gore baruti le bona ke batho. Hang on there. Speedy recovery.”

@Sindi Mnikathi commented: “Every time I want to go back to church, I remember why I left. I only visit other people’s churches, I don’t have one set church I go to.” 


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