I have been attending services regularly (at first every Sunday Liturgy, then every Saturday All-Night Vigil too, and later also some weekdays Liturgies and Akathists whenever possible) since March 3, 2003. Two years, and I have not been baptized yet, neither has my priest scheduled my Baptism.
In my parish, this is usual. My priest normally requires at least two years of regular attendance and practice by every catechumen before Baptism. Many other convert parishioners had been required three, four years, or sometimes even more. This period varies according to the personal development of each catechumen, but my priest usually requires a quite long catechumenate from every inquirer.
I see no problem with it at all. Actually, I do not feel myself ready to get baptized right now. One of the advantages of taking a few years (instead of a few months, or even a few weeks) of catechumenate, for instance, is that I am learning how to fast. I think the traditional fasting rules of the Church are too strict to be suddenly applied to the life of a person who is not used to them; it is better to approach that strictness gradually. At least that was the case for me. In my second year as a catechumen, I was able to keep a fast closer to the traditional standard than my first-year fasting. I hope that, when I get baptized, I will already be able to fast as prescribed by the traditional rules of the Typikon. As I am very slow to get used to anything, I need at least a few years to reach this point.
Still more important: I am not sure that I have developed a fully Orthodox mindset, i.e., I don-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦t know if I still have unorthodox beliefs and opinions formed during my previous years of involvement with a number of heterodox or non-Christian religious doctrines, practices and philosophies. Given the supreme sanctity of the Holy Gifts, I wish to approach them at least as a man of Orthodox faith -- unworthy and wicked as I am, but at the very least as a man who confess the True Faith. And I feel I need time to assess and hold this Faith, to detect and erase all the vestiges of heterodoxy that possibly still live in my soul -- of which I am not aware. So I am not in a hurry at all.
I feel I can trust in my priest; I feel he knows the proper time to me. I don-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦t know if such a confidence in one-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦s own priest is a universal experience, but I wish it may be.