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My question basically regards the conversion of non-Catholic Christians to Catholicism. I was born and raised in the Armenian Orthodox faith and therefore was baptized as an Orthodox Christian. If i was ever planning on joining the Catholic communion, how would I begin. I know i would probably have to go to my local parish and speak with the priest but then what? how does the conversion process work?
My understanding is that you would have to attend classes (RCIA) probably once a week for a number of months and thereafter you may be baptised and receive the sacraments of confirmation and communion in the church.
Yes, you would most likely go through the RCIA process although your local parish priest will assess your specific case. You would not need to be baptized again since you were already baptized Orthodox. You might already be confirmed too. Have you already received the Eucharist?
Most commonly someone who converts from an Eastern Orthodox Church would enter into communion through the Catholic equivalent to the Orthodox Church they were raised in. You as Armenian Apostolic would simply have to go the the Armenian Catholic parish in Glendale, or the other Armenian Church in East Los Angeles, and the priest there would guide you through the process. The RCIA program is used by some Eastern Catholic parishes but not all.
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