Hello! I'm Roman Catholic and I'm very interested in Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy. I've already learned so much about Church history, theology and liturgy. I'm particularly very interested in the age of the Fathers and the period of the undivided, universal and apostolic Church. As I learn more and more about medieval Catholicism, the more and more I am dissatisfied with modern Catholicism - not only has the institution of the Roman papacy grown and changed so much, but our liturgy has changed so drastically and we've developed practices and devotions that are nowhere to be found in the Scriptures or the Fathers or in any of the Traditions that we've inherited.
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Orthodoxy. I'm a Latin through and through, in both culture, language, theological framework and especially liturgy. I love to pray the rosary, I am most comfortable with Thomistic theology, I like singing Gregorian chant and the hymns of our Fathers (like St. Ambrose) and their prayers. Therefore, to admit that I am seriously considering moving East is a very serious and big thing. Don't get me wrong, I really admire the veneration of icons, the Jesus prayer, Eastern mysticism, etc. - but it's just that I am leaving things that I've treasured for so long and have been so instrumental in falling deeper in love with Christ and in growing more holy.
I'd like to know what the first steps to conversion would be in the Coptic Orthodox Church? And I've already been Baptised and Confirmed/Chrysmated in the Catholic Church.. would I have to go through that again? To convert to the Catholic Church, one needs to undergo the RCIA program which takes about a year, minimum. Is there a catechism program like that in Coptic Orthodoxy? If so, how long does it take?
Any thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all.