I have been Roman Catholic for the past 5 years. I was confirmed as a Catholic on April 7, 2007. Prior to converting to Catholicism, I was raised (shoddily) as Baptist (until my parents divorced) and then was baptized in the United Church of Christ; however, I never really understood or accepted the Christian faith. I studied early Church history while at university and during the summers at home attempting to find solid intellectual evidence that Christianity was bunk; however, along the way, I discovered my need for faith, and later realized that this need wasn't being nourished at my local UCC church. I realized that the ancient, New Testament Church was present in the Roman Catholic and/or Orthodox Churches, but despite my research I failed to note the discrepancies between the two churches since 1054 AD and how each had developed since then. As a result, I failed to take a number of things into consideration and just assumed both were equal representatives of the apostolic faith. Also, Catholicism had a much more definite presence than Orthodoxy. It somehow just seemed easier to go with Catholicism at the time.
I have been attending Divine Liturgy since the beginning of Lent (Revised Julian). I seem to have found a true spiritual home in an OCA parish about 25 minutes away. I had lunch with the priest there once in order to discuss my interest in becoming Orthodoxy, and he invited me to continue coming to Liturgy, to settle myself in with the community, and see how I felt after a few months. He said we could discuss my potential joining the catechumenate later. However, my Christian faith has never felt as alive and real as it does now as a result of participating in Orthodox liturgy and spirituality. I am most certain that this is the only, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ, and this is even after researching some of the current schisms present in Orthodoxy. I don't want to put the cart before the horse - but I feel that I am ready to take the next steps toward becoming a catechumen. Should I have another discussion with my priest after Pascha, or should I wait for him to approach me and ask if I am ready? I only wish to do the will of God and submit to His decision.