For the past 5 years I have felt an ever-increasing tug to enter religious life. At first I was unsure if I was called to the priesthood or to become a religious brother. Now I feel that I am in fact being called to become a religious brother, but not a priest.
I am still early in the discernment process. I have not yet contacted the vocations office in my diocese (though I plan to do so soon). I have done some preliminary research, but can't seem to decide which religious order I would best fit in with. I want to join an order that engages in both contemplative and active ministry. I would like to be involved in daily group prayer and living in a monastery, but also going out into the community to perform the corporeal works of mercy.
I want to make sure that the religious order I join is completely obedient to the Church. I know that some religious orders in the past have strayed from the Church's teachings and want nothing to do with any group that is not fully committed to Christ's Church. In other words, I would prefer to join an order that is more traditional.
If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. Thanks. :)
PS: I live in the United States and wish to remain in this country (or at least stay in the North American continent) so I'm not interested in communities outside of the country.