[quote="Lamentation, post:9, topic:267539"]
To be frank, and I say this with friendly criticism as something I believe you should investigate yourself, but I think you might have issue with the call to obedience, whether that be to a bishop, or to any religious superior. Reading your first comment and reply to ByzCath, it sounds like (through the lack of body language on the Internet) you have a "this is what I want, and if you can't promise it I'm going elsewhere" type of attitude.
If you're discerning the religious life, you generally join the one whose charism and/or mission you feel most drawn to... Not what seminary they send their members to. To be honest, they could send you to the worst seminary in the world... It's more about, not only deepening your spirituality (in the case of more closed orders such as Trappists), but your work in the given Apostolate (such as serving the poor, in the case of the Congregation of the Mission), as well as your zeal for souls (one of the responsibilities of being a priest).
Agreed. Well put. I can't remember when dioceses or religious orders started taking requests, or even deferred to be told which seminary the candidate would choose.
Obedience comes first. Always. I went to a seminary that I sorely lamented, but I went where I was told. I even caught myself being envious, maybe to the point of sin, of what I thought some other seminarians might be experiencing. But i learned what was necessary.
Consider this though: an orthodox seminary probably doesn't need you, in all likelihood they're doing just fine without you. But a seminary struggling to teach Truth, to adhere to traditions, respect the American culture and history, and history of the Church, they'll need you the most. If you can't begin your ministry where you are most needed, then why bother at all?
Lord, you might be one of those scandalous priests who wont live in the rectory of a small urban parish in a bad neighborhood because it doesn't suit your standards of living! Get behind me you devil. I know those priests, they are anathema.
I remember that Jesus guy saying his daddy, "no, please don't send me there! Earth is such a terrible place." Oh, wait...