It is now 2013 but there is not yet a thread for the new year so I guess I will introduce myself here. My name is Craig and became a catechumen a few months ago after attending my local parish for a few months. It is a very small parish and at the time I started going there we didn't have a priest but would have one come and serve the Liturgy every three or four weeks, so my introduction to the Faith was a small group of very welcoming, loving, and embracing Orthodox Christians during their weekly reader services. I'm happy to say we now have a full time priest and four catechumens! I felt a strong inner pull to the Faith the first time I learned of the Orthodox Church about a year ago and that "inner pull" exploded the first time I set foot in our Church and saw the love for God the people had there and I felt welcomed and embraced right away. I knew right then that I found the Truth I was always looking for and there was no turning back, thank God! That small group of believers saved me! Thank God for them, for without them I fear I might have lost my search for God. I have learned much from these forums and am happy to be apart of you all!
Edited by Archimandrite Irenei, 30 January 2013 - 03:18 AM.