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Salve fratres, Laudetur Iesus Christus in aeternum!
So, I'm 15 and discerning the Roman Rite Catholic Priesthood. I have recently concluded, that maybe the diocesan Priesthood is not my calling. I feel a particular calling to a Traditional Order such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter or the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
I was just wondering about what people know personally about these orders. The ICRSS is very vague in their website, and don't talk too much about the actual life of an ICRSS Priest.
So, basically, just looking for people's opinions on the matter to help me decide which order I may or may not be called to :)
Deus, Salus Nostra. :gopray2:
Fantastic! What good news to hear that you are discerning a vocation. Deo gratias et Mariae. May Our Lord keep you in this good desire, and Our Lady bring you under her mantle where she may protect you and your vocation.
The FSSP and ICRSS are fantastic! Excellent priests, excellent formation, and serious about the faith, the Mass, the Church. They are rather different from each other though; in a nice way. Here is what I know, but the best way to find out is to speak to a priest from each of these groups! These are just my observations, so excuse the defects in my explanation!
The FSSP are more like Diocesan priests in their day-to-day living. They live in a house usually with another 1 to 2 FSSP priests and serve the community with the sacraments, house visits, mini-retreat days, spiritual direction and that kind of thing. They are formed well and are what I would call on-the-ground hard-working blue-collar priests. They are good preachers, and it must needs be, because they have large parishes and they instruct from the pulpit. If the FSSP were transported back to 1930's America, they'd be almost no different from any other diocesan priest. They are very American (at least, those in the English speaking countries).
The ICRSS are Canons so they live a bit differently. Usually they live with another priest or two. They have a huge focus on liturgy. They have a very high liturgical standard (which is to say, a focus on beauty, lots of incense, lots of Solemn Masses) and everyday in their Church they will recite a few of the Canonical Hours publicly and perhaps even sing it on a Sunday or Feast day. They would probably also have lots of novenas and public devotions. They are formed to be pious, elite gentlemen priests. They are a bit more white-collar in the sense that they are formed to be very gentlemen-like in their manners, conduct and disposition. They are very European, and very French. They often get accused of being merely about pom-poms and incense, but they are very good, hard working priests who love the faith and really want you to get to Heaven.
Both are excellent. If it were me I wouldn't know how to choose. They are not Jansenist at all (how could they be when St Francis de Sales is their patron!) but like most traditional priests they are very well trained in moral theology and giving good but sometimes hard-hitting advice for those who they see need a bit of a push in the right direction in their moral lives! If it were me, I would research them on the internet and even email their priests and spend some time in their houses.
Also, I was unsure from your post if you were looking for an actual Religious order/congregation rather than living as a diocesan priest/canon? There are many great traditional Religious orders and Congregations around which I can help you with if you would like!
God Bless and please pray for me!