If you are a non-Orthodox person interested in joining the Orthodox Church the outline below will give you the general shape of the process of becoming Orthodox:

  • Attend services faithfully and get to know the community. (At this stage there are no expectations, in terms of supporting the church or participating in church activities, other than faithful attendance.)
  • Join the catechumenate – those who are receiving instruction. (The catechumenate usually lasts about a year though the time can vary.)
  • Be received into the Church. This is done either by full immersion baptism or by chrismation – sealing with holy oil. (The form of reception, baptism or chrismation, is determined by the Bishop.)

If you would like to learn more about this please contact Fr. Bishoy.