After Sharona left who became Monk's assistant on the TV show Monk?
There are a number of reasons. It helps make Buddhist monks recognizable as Buddhist monks. Since the earliest Buddhist monks often slept in the forest on rocks or under trees, it helps them keep clean. It prevents lice. It helps prevent a monk from pretending he is a householder. It reminds the monk that he is a monk, and it reminds householders that he is a monk as well.
Roman Catholic Answer Priests and monks are entirely different vocations, although some monks are called to be priests, one becomes a monk because one has a vocation to the monastic lifestyle NOT because they want to become a priest. So to answer your question, no, a priest does not have to be a monk first, or ever.
Monks, as they are today, remain in their monastery, they do not travel about, while missionaries are usually priests who are either with an active Order, like the Franciscans or Dominicans. However, monks could be considered missionaries in a sense, in that they often travel to foreign lands to set up a new monastery. However, they are never the first priests in a new land, that would be missionaries proper. Also, a monk is primarily…