I was recently blessed to find this site and have been exploring. Please excuse me if this question has already been asked a million times, but I am looking for some unbiased guidance.
I am currently pursuing a medical degree and a PhD focused in bioethics at a state university. I prayed earnestly about my decision to become a physician and believe that God has called me to be a physician-scholar. I plan to work in pediatric critical care, do ethics consults, teach, and perform research (activities all academics are expected to do in this field). Obviously, this work gives me the opportunity to serve the sick and God in a special way.
I also feel called to be married (have a wonderfully suportive significant other currently).
However, I have recently (over the last year) discerned a vocation for lay affiliation with a religious order. I've checked out two in detail and done quite a bit of research. I grew up in a parish staffed by Franciscan priests and have a great appreciation for their charism. But, I also feel called to the Dominicans because of their emphasis on scholarly inquiry as well as service. I've studies the rule of life of each, but I was hoping someone might be able to give me an opinion.
Which secular lay order- Franciscan or Dominican- is most suited to an academic physician who cares a great deal for the sick and suffering but also believes in rigorous intellectual study? Would I fit better in one rather the other?
Thank you for taking the time to respond!