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I am currently discerning vocation. I am pretty sure that I will enter religious life, but I have studies to conclude and debts to settle first, as well as earning some money to give my parents a comfortable retirement.
I am currently reading about the Salesians of Don Bosco, and the Missionaries of Charity Fathers. I feel that either of these are a good choice for me.
My question is this: Is it wrong that I would prefer to be 'posted' (if that's the correct term) abroad, in a third world country where there is physical suffering and poverty, rather than remain in the UK where there is so much hostility to faith, but also a lot of spiritual and emotional suffering?
I feel called to help the poor and stand in solidarity with the suffering, but I also want to bring souls to Christ and teach the faith. I don't want to be a glorified celibate social worker.
Any help is appreciated, as are prayers.
I will give you my opinion and my experience.
I think it is good to have an idea of what you would like to do but to also be open to other things that the religious community/order does.
My province of the Carmelites runs parishes, retreat houses, a shrine, high schools, and then has men working in one off ministries that they felt they were called to and the provincial prior (our provincial superior) agreed to (things like spiritual direction at a seminary, college professor, counseling, just to name a few). There are also the internal ministeries such as vocations directors, formation, runing the province (among other things).
When it came time for my internship I really did not want to go to one of our High Schools but I was open to the option because that is one of our ministeries and I thought I should not exclude it. I also believe that my formators and superiors are not going to send me someplace that they know I will fail, that maybe they see something in me that I do not see.
All of our assignments are a dialogue between the individual and the superior, no more finding a letter in your mail box telling you where you are going. So we discussed and agreed that it would be a High School for my internship. Now I am sort of sad that my internship will be ending at the end of this school year (God Willing, there may be issues due to an illness that may extend it). I am really enjoying it here and am contemplating asking to be reassigned here after my studies and ordination (again God Willing) because of my experience here. I came in almost at the point of refusing an assignment at a High School and now I am at a place where I am thinking of making this my ministry within the order.
So my advice would be, when the time comes, be open and be obedient. If there is a serious need someplace you are not sure you want to go but your superior would like you to do it, then be obedient and do it. There is always the future to move on to other ministries within the community.
I hope this helps a bit.