I normally lurk, but this post motivated me to register so that I could post. Your comments are shocking, mckie. Have you ever heard of bearing false witness? It is a very serious offense against God, especially when done in public. Very serious indeed.
I know both orders, have a relative in one and a dear friend in another and I can assure you that applications are not randomly handed out by the DSMME, they are not lax nor would it be going half-way to enter one as opposed to another. Based on your attachment to the Nashville Dominican’s I can only imagine your ability to reason logically was impaired in your post and that you have imagined some kind of competition exists between the two orders. It doesn’t. It may interest you to know that exactly the same number of girls entered both orders last year, they lost the same number so that their first year novitiate group this year had the same exact number. Your logic can not explain that.
To the original poster, you can not determine which order God is calling you by what people post and you could very easily be mislead away from your calling, so take what people say with a grain of salt. Contact the vocation directors and correspond with them for awhile before going on a Come & See. Despite what Mckie posted, the DSMME will not just hand you an application as many girls who have been denied papers will report. Sr. Joseph Andrew has a keen sense of who is called and who isn’t (she was the novice mistress with the Nashvilles for many years) and will often tell girls to pray about it longer or visit other communities. Don’t let yourself be concerned about being pressured into a community—it’s just not going to happen. Sr. JA is very enthusiastic so one might assume she accepts everyone, but she doesn’t.
The Nashville Dominicans have a new vocation director, so anyone who was not happy with their communications with the previous one should try again. They are a wonderful order. Both orders are lovely and equally dear to God.