[quote="ByzCath, post:10, topic:208415"]
Joining a religious order is a vocation in itself that is different from the vocation of a diocesen priesthood and are not interchangeable.
True enough but here's the problem. Traveling half way around the world to work in another country and culture is what many religious orders do.
Diocesan priests tend to be rooted in the communities they're ordained in. Its highly unusual for a person to seek to be a diocesan priest outside of an area they live in or have some kind of connection to.
When this young man calls or writes to a diocese in the USA, they will ask why he's applying to them and why not to something closer to his family and friends and culture he knows. Then they will want his files from his former seminary. And then they will think about it. I'm not saying its impossible or never happens, but its not nearly as easy as picking up the phone.
At best there's a bit of a disconnect seen in traveling half way around the world out of the blue solely to become a diocesan priest. At worst, the diocese will see it as suspicious.
And if he is indeed too contemplative for diocesan priesthood, as his former seminary in my opinion was trying to say, then perhaps he should explore a religious order vocation.