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« on: July 13, 2010, 02:46:45 PM »

Hi everyone.

I've posted on here before asking about the length of time required of converts before being able to enter the seminary.  Recently, I was talking with my sponsor who said I may want to consider another jurisdiction (although he said he didn't want me to leave!) who may have a less strict policy in this matter.  I haven't found much information on this but within the AOCA, the period is now 5 years after a conversion.  Personally, I think this makes a lot of sense in many different ways.  Also, I'm very fond of the Antiochian Archdiocese and doubt I'd leave it.  However, it would be a great help to me if anyone could answer this question. 

Does anyone know what other jurisdiction's policies are in this regard? 
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 02:54:49 PM »

Five years is good, although 10 would be even better.
Nothing less than five, though.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010, 03:30:11 PM »

It should be left up to the bishop, who decides on the circumstances.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010, 07:36:25 PM »

Ok, more specifically...does anyone know what the position is in the OCA or GOA? 

I understand everyone has their opinions but I'm only looking to find out what their official stance is. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2010, 08:42:54 PM »

Ok, more specifically...does anyone know what the position is in the OCA or GOA? 

I understand everyone has their opinions but I'm only looking to find out what their official stance is. 

Honestly, it is up to the Bishops. I think you would have to contact the Bishop directly for their requirement (write them a letter), I would suspect that changing jurisdications for the purposes of a faster ordination would be a turn off for most Bishops. For what it is worth I am not keen on having a minimum requirement of "being Orthodox" prior to ordination. IMHO, A case by case scenario should be taken for each individual.
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010, 10:16:51 AM »

Honestly, it is up to the Bishops. I think you would have to contact the Bishop directly for their requirement (write them a letter)

A GOA bishop I know prefers to be contacted directly and also to meet the person face-to-face, sometimes several times. There seem to be various outcomes, probably depending on the Bishop's (and his priest or spiritual father's) assessment.
AFAIK, there's no "legal" minimum.
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2010, 07:56:10 PM »

I'm not trying to be insulting or anything, but why the rush?  I'm not saying that you don't have a calling from God to serve in His priesthood, but again, why the rush?  The chrism is barely dry and now you want to hold the lamb in your hand (for which you will be called before Christ's judgment seat to examine whether you distributed it faithfully)?  Christ's priesthood will last for a long time.  It will still be there after a long period of discernment for you.
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