An easy and enjoyable read from First Things on the increase of vocations within the Eastern Province of Dominicans in the United States.
Comforting to know that despite the chaos coming directly out of Rome, one corner of the Roman Church still has its act together.
I am more than a bit biased towards the Dominicans (and their liturgy). Truth be told, for reasons I won't go into, the Eastern Province has a special place in my heart and readily swells up waves of nostalgia. It was, in all truth, a very good time of my life. The Eastern Province succeeds where so many other religious orders and whole dioceses fail - it makes sense out of the chaos in post-Vatican II Catholicism without pivoting to romantic notions of what the Roman Church must have been like in the fifties.
The Western Province isn't to be outdone. The only solid and substantial parish experience I had during my time in the Roman Church was at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle. I recommend anyone in the area to make a point of attending liturgy there. They were and are a solid community and a hive of activity in the midst of one of the most "un-churched" cities in the country. One would be hard pressed to find a more substantial parish life.