Thanks for starting this thread:thumbsup:
As someone who is discerning the religious life/priesthood I am checking out the various religious orders and societies of priests and stuff. I have always felt called to one that is both contemplative/active. That being said I do not feel called to be a Trappist Monk:) Nor do I feel called to be part of a solely active order with no contemplation.
I have discerned the Dominicans as I love praying the rosary and the rosary is big with the Dominican Order. The Dominicans are also big in preaching, and contemplation which are two big aspects in my discernment life. Preaching itself is an active ministry and contemplation (well contemplative) which is exactly what I fell called to. The Dominicans are also big in study which is another thing I admire them for as I feel called to have a study life.
I am also discerning the Norbertines (premonstratensian) which is actually close to where I live. They have five ends (charisms) which I feel called to. 1)They chant the entire Divine Office) 2) They have a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Immaculate Conception) 3) They strive for the salvation of souls 4) They practice habitual penance 5) A special devotion to the Eucharist/Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Norbertines close to me offer the Tridentine Mass and it is something I feel called to celebrate as a priest. My spiritual Director is himself a Norbertine Priest and I really think I will join their order.
For those interested in the Norbertines also check out this similar group called Canon Regulars of New Jerusalem. They are a traditional Order which solely celebrates the Old Mass and I believe that one of the main priests and founders was himself a Norbertine.