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« on: December 01, 2006, 10:47:45 AM »

I'm not trying to be trollish or triumphalistic here, but truly I am trying to collect information on the readership we regularly have on OC.net in general and this board in particular.

Basically, I would like to know which posters here either

1) were at some point in their lives; or
2) are now

in communion with the Pope of Rome.

If, for any reason at all, you do not want to identify yourself, please feel free to PM me. As an example of the above situation, my wife never told her family that she had converted to Orthodoxy until both her parents had reposed.

Therefore, I understand why some people may not want to identify themselves in public. However, I would ask you to identify yourself only to me, so that this site can better serve you current or former Catholics.

Thank you!

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006, 01:52:44 PM »

I am a deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church, Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006, 01:54:07 PM »

I was for several years a member of the same Byzantine Catholic Church as Fr Lance (not same parish though).

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2006, 02:08:46 PM »

I am both a cradle and convert Catholic.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2006, 02:22:51 PM »

In nomine Iesu I offer you FrChris peace,

All Praise and Honor to Him who gives me breath! I am a devoted Layman in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in obedience and submission to the Holy See of Rome. Amen.

On a personal note: I am seeking 3rd Orther status as a Carmelite Religious. May God ever guide me to where I am needed. Amen.

In addition to OC.net I participate in several religious online communities in a gesture of charity and goodwill to grow and serve our Lord and Saviour; hopeful that I serve as an example of Salt and Light in a world which is ever seeking identity at the expense of love. Amen.

I continue to be most thankful for the many dialogues which I have been able to participate in at OC.net and I look forward to future dialogues with my dear Orthodox Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Amen.

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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2006, 03:00:45 PM »

I'm not trying to be trollish or triumphalistic here, but truly I am trying to collect information on the readership we regularly have on OC.net in general and this board in particular.

Basically, I would like to know which posters here either

1) were at some point in their lives; or
2) are now

in communion with the Pope of Rome.

If, for any reason at all, you do not want to identify yourself, please feel free to PM me. As an example of the above situation, my wife never told her family that she had converted to Orthodoxy until both her parents had reposed.

Therefore, I understand why some people may not want to identify themselves in public. However, I would ask you to identify yourself only to me, so that this site can better serve you current or former Catholics.

Thank you!

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2006, 03:09:00 PM »

I am a Catholic in the Latin Church but I also attend a Ruthenian/Byzantine Catholic parish.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2006, 08:22:25 PM »

Fr Chris I am a recent convert to holy orthodoxy Greek Orthodox to be exact from Roman Catholicisim.

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2006, 08:23:47 PM »

I'm a convert from Roman Catholicism.

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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2006, 10:30:34 PM »

Presently...yes

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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2006, 10:32:09 PM »

I am Byzantine Catholic.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2006, 10:59:00 PM »

I am Roman Catholic, my pastor is both Roman & Byzantine so I have attended both churches
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2006, 01:05:35 AM »

I am a convert from Roman Catholicism.

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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2006, 01:22:50 AM »

I am a convert from Roman Catholicsm (byzantine rite).
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2006, 02:57:57 AM »

Right.  Moving right along..... Roll Eyes

I was never officially Roman Catholic, but I went through a formative period of development as a Christian, during which time Roman Catholicism played no small role.  I guess that must have lasted for about a year and a half or so.
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2006, 01:18:13 PM »

Baptized a Catholic of the Latin Rite, became Byzantine Catholic at age 21 and was received into the Orthodox Church at age 37 in 2003.
  I treasure and respect my Catholic heritage and pray for unity between our Churches/
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2006, 04:20:19 PM »

Roman Catholic here, as is my family.

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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2006, 04:42:29 PM »

Baptized Roman Catholic, chrismated Greek Orthodox.
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2006, 03:07:25 AM »

I'm a convert to the Catholic Church (Byzantine Ruthenian) from Protestantism.
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2006, 06:45:40 PM »

I'm a Roman Catholic.  I rarely post here anymore.
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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2006, 07:06:01 PM »

I converted from a quasi-Catholic background (Irish family) to Greek Orthodox. Though I was never baptized Catholic, I came very close (a few month away) until I found Orthodoxy.
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2006, 07:28:59 PM »

I'm a convert from Roman Catholicism.
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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2006, 08:37:51 PM »

I'm Orthodox. Formerly, Byzantine Catholic.
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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2006, 09:09:45 PM »

Born and raised Catholic.  Converted to Orthodoxy when I was 21.
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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2006, 07:39:04 PM »

Did you ever spend time in the Eastern Catholic Churches while you were on your spiritual journey to Eastern Orthodoxy or was it directly from Latin Catholic to Greek Orthodox?

I went directly from Latin rite Catholicism to Greek Orthodoxy, as did my whole family.  I was twelve at the time and would have to wait several years before exhaustive historical research even opened my eyes to the "Byzantine Catholic/ Eastern rite" controversy.
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« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2006, 10:56:52 PM »

Catholic, with reservations about persons in ecclesial positions who do not profess the apostolic faith.
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« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2006, 07:11:59 AM »

Raised Roman Catholic, currently an Orthodox catechumen
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« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2006, 06:59:12 PM »

Baptised, raised and Confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church.  Currently looking deeper into the Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2006, 09:51:35 AM »

Baptised Roman Catholic-by the Grace od God a convert to the Orthodox Church, GOA Wink
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« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2006, 09:03:56 PM »

I converted to Roman Catholicism, and then decided to enter the Orthodox Church. I'm a catechumen at present.

I really didn't like the New Mass of the Roman Catholic Church, and after I started reading about Orthodoxy, I found a lot more things that convinced me to enter the Orthodox Church and leave behind the dying Roman Catholic Church.
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« Reply #30 on: December 28, 2006, 10:20:17 PM »

I'm not sure that my info would be relevant, but here it is fwiw. I was baptized Catholic as a baby, but never confirmed (I was raised by my nominally Protestant Mother). After thinking about both Churches, I became Orthodox rather than Catholic when I was in my early 20's. I have to admit that, had I known then what I know today, and had I still decided to be religious, I'm not totally sure that I would have made the same choice.
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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2006, 08:29:36 PM »

Please refrain from discussing other matters than the OP.  This thread is not a place for debate.
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« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2007, 11:09:18 AM »

I was born and raised a Roman Catholic, spent a brief episode with Byzantine Ruthenian Catholics and converted to Holy Orthodoxy.
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« Reply #33 on: January 05, 2007, 04:35:42 PM »

I was born and grew up Roman Catholic, found my way to the Eastern Catholics, and now am in the process of converting to Orthodoxy.
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« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2007, 02:44:24 PM »

I was born and raised a Roman Catholic, moved to Byzantine Catholic later, then converted to the Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2007, 03:22:51 PM »

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« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2007, 09:10:03 AM »

Hello Fr. Chris

I was born a raised a Roman Catholic. About 8 years ago I converted to the Orthodox Church. I'm still in the Orthodox Church and have been thinking of going to Seminary.

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« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2007, 04:52:14 PM »

Fr. Chris

Born and baptized into a Protestant family (Methodist), age 14 became interested with the Catholic church (through EWTN) and age 15 started RCIA (with parents permission).  I believe Easter 2000 I was confirmed, taking the name of Francis (after Francis of Assisi who I was deeply devoted to) as my confirmation name.  Next couple of years, came in contact with a few Franciscan Orders (under the spiritual direction of my Catholic FOC), looked very seriously into the Franciscans of the Renewal, Franciscans of the Immaculata (sp?), and near the end of my Catholic life, I was in contact with the Franciscan Friars of the Primitive Observance (essentially all "grey renewal friars" if you will).  Age 17, started attending a local Coptic Orthodox parish, and on my 18th birthday baptized and chrismed in the Orthodox church (taking the name Joseph, because Abouna didn't know "Shawn" was a Christian name).  Now, haven't attended liturgy since Jan. 2006 (last liturgy I attended was a Carpatho-Rus. Orthodox liturgy, which locally is in communion with my COC parish).  A friend once called me a "religion whore", and though it is a little more complex than that, I agree and thus don't affiliate with any religious group.  If you want any more detail, feel free to PM me, and I'll fill you in with the desired details to the best of my ability.

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« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2007, 04:51:52 PM »

As an infant: Baptised Episcopalian - as a toddler: cond.Baptised Roman Catholic and a recent convert to Eastern Orthodoxy.

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« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2007, 10:05:08 AM »

I'm canonically a (cradle) Roman Catholic but have been living as a Byzantine Catholic for the past six years.
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« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2007, 12:28:49 PM »

Catholic mother
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Returned to the one holy catholic and apostolic church (Orthodox) after I married.
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« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2007, 12:54:23 PM »

Born and raised very Catholic.

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« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2007, 08:42:59 AM »

As reflected in my moniker,

Born and raised Roman Catholic

Became a Protestant in college.

Now, have attended catechumen classes and seriously considering Orthodoxy

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« Reply #43 on: March 10, 2007, 02:57:27 PM »

I was raised in a protestant church (Baptist), but returned to the Roman Catholic church of my grandparents in my early twenties.  Remained Roman Catholic for 15 years, but at the end of that time I was drawn to explore (while remaining RC) the various Eastern Catholic churches (Melkite, Ruthenian, and lastly Ukrainian).  This period of exploration and discernment lasted for 5 years and eventually led me home to Holy Orthodoxy (Antiochian jurisdiction) three years ago.
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« Reply #44 on: May 23, 2007, 02:29:20 AM »

  I was raised as a Roman Catholic, attended Roman Catholic grade and high schools. First interested in Orthodoxy in grade school, where the nun told me (after I had told her about getting information on Orthodoxy from different Orthodox Churches) that I should not read any of it as it was all "trash." Converted to Orthodoxy (ROCOR) at age 35, long, long, long after abandoning Catholicism.
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