Furthermore, Sacramentalist, I have a feeling you may find this interesting. Read the entire page, slowly and carefully. Down towards the bottom you will eventually get to an article for the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. This is an ancient order that was running well for 700 years that went through “civil extinction” at the hands of the Portuguese Govt. It was restored in 1979 and there is a group of Priest and Sisters in my backyard from this order. They are awesome and very holy people, orthodox and faithful to the Papacy and Magisterium. That is their call. Follow the link to get more info on their ministry.
They are situated on the grounds of the National Shrine of the Assumption Grotto (Lourdes duplicate) in Detroit, MI. Assumption Grotto church itself is a significantly large parish with parishioners joining from all over southeast Michigan because they carry on the traditions of the Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See and that includes some Latin integrated into the Mass. I don’t believe it is a true TLM mass. Fr. Perrone, the man who wrote the descant above and the one who is founder of Call to Holiness is the diocesen Pastor and he happens to be a T.O. Carmelite, as well, serving as spirtual director for two secular orders.
I love St. Francis and I followed a call to a Franciscan Order, in Europe. I got ill and had to return home. Not knowing about Third Orders until recently, I continued to follow my call to be a Franciscan even as a lay member and looking into Secular Franciscans. Then I was directed to Assumption Grotto and the Third Order Carmelites. It turns out that by letting go of the Franciscans, I have found my calling because I am of a contemplative nature and it makes me a good fit for the Carms.
Bottom line is explore other orders and don’t limit yourself to the Franciscans. I have found that many do not follow true Franciscan heritage and if you really want to go that route, check into the Capuchin’s - a branch that wanted to preserve some of the true Franciscan values. There are others as well. But, don’t rule out the Order of Canon’s Regular of the Holy Cross. Take a look at their worldwide bases and if you are interested in being abroad, this order may take you there, while preserving and enhancing your orthodox values.
Here is the page about their seminary with a link if you want to just make an inquiry. I don’t know if all seminarians have to go to Brazil or not. I do know that Assumption Grotto has a decent vocation rate with some joining the Order of Canon’s Regular of the Holy Cross. I’ve been just soooo impressed with their piety and holiness. They are helpful, patient and just a picture of priestly wonder, imho.
If I were younger and healtier, I’d give the Sisters of the Holy Cross a good check.