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« on: June 05, 2014, 07:05:38 PM »

I apologize if Jurisdiction isn't the proper term to use for my inquiry. Hopefully the mod can fix it if it is inappropriate.

I became a catechumen at an Antiochian parish back in January. It is a wonderful, rapidly growing parish, and therein lies my problem. Even though it is not the closest, I chose the parish because, unlike the other ethnic parishes in the area, it is mostly converts and I thought this would make it a better fit. However, because it is growing so quickly, because I live two hours away, and because the parish only has one available priest I am lucky if I am able to speak with my priest once every three months. Such sparse meetings have made the catechumen process difficult for me. I feel I often need spiritual guidance and am unable to obtain any.

I have a good friend who attends one of the four Greek parishes in our area and he is able to meet with his priest for discussion and guidance weekly if he so wishes because unlike the Antiochian parish, the Greek parishes have 6 priests in the area. He has suggested I attend the nearest Greek parish instead.

Is transferring jurisdictions while a catechumen an option?
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 11:15:05 PM »

Is transferring jurisdictions while a catechumen an option?

Certainly.  The most important issue facing you would be making sure that both priests are on board with your choice and the reasons for it. 

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