I don't post on these forums very often, but I do browse around a bit and see what people are talking about here. I know the FSSP is pretty controversial, but I've been looking over some of their vocational material and am beginning to feel a strong pull toward them.
I am discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and have been considering diocesan (Archdiocese of Portland) or possibly Dominican. The thing is, the more I grow in my Catholic faith and identity, the more orthodox I become. I feel a strong devotion to the Tridentine Mass, the traditional sacraments and devotions, etc. It's been worrying me a bit that the diocesan priesthood will not fully allow me to explore this, and while I really appreciate the Dominican charism, I have felt some of the same concerns with them. I don't know if any of you have read "Goodbye, Good Men," but it's scary to think that US diocesan seminaries might reject an applicant just for being 'too orthodox' - and while I hear the seminary system has sorted itself out for the most part, I'm still a bit wary.
The $7,000 yearly tuition to Our Lady of Guadalupe seminary is something of a concern to me. I'm not sure how I will be able to pay that without my diocese sponsoring me, but that is a problem I will face as I come to it.
I'd love to hear from any FSSP seminarians or priests, who might be able to offer some guidance here. What has your experience been with the Fraternity?