As a Catechumen Director of my Church, I have learned that the process varies from priest to priest unless given specific guidelines by his bishop. Our Bishop , for example has advised that the catechumenate should be no shorter than 9 months. To this minimum requirement our priest has added the attendance at 12 of the major feasts, attendance at 20 catechumen classes, the reading fo four Orthodox Books, as well as attending the services of the Church, meeting with myself and the priest to discuss where they are in their process, and assisting them in the selction of their sponsors or Godparents. We develop a personalized catechumen program for each catechumen looking to assign books, pamphlets etc that meet their needs or desires for better understanding of an area of Orthodox theology (i.e. prayer, holy fathers, desert wisdom, iconography, the Theotokos, saints etc.) Some are baptised or Chrismated at the conclusion of the above period, others continue until their testimony of Christ in the Orthodox Church has developed enough to desire Baptism or Chrismation. Our Catechism Cycle of classes lasts about two years. There are 2 different classes held on most Saturdays with Bible Studies interdispersed throughout the month for members, catechumen, and inquirors.