I just returned from a very brief weekend at a monastery to do discernment, and I now** believe I am being called to engage in applying philosophy and critical thinking to combating false ideas in the culture and counseling individuals**. I am also contemplating priesthood and holy orders, but I am not hearing a strong call to ordination or orders and those would probably be more a vehicle for the former. I suppose, like most men, marriage sounds appealing, but it is as vague as the religious call if not more so.
I cannot think of any secular way to make this a practical reality besides being a philosophy professor, and I do like the idea of constant study, prayer, and community to fuel that end of philosophy. I was thinking perhaps Dominicans, Holy Cross Fathers, or Jesuits.
Anyhow, I was hoping others might have some input or suggestions as to how one might respond to a calling in applied philosophy. To give you some idea of who I am, I am a fairly recent convert and a young lawyer with a philosophy degree.