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Sacrament of Penance: Examination of Conscience
Steps for completing a canonical transfer of rites (and these are a mix of practical and canonical steps):
- Be active in an Eastern Catholic parish for at least 3-5 years. This will provide enough time to immerse yourself in the liturgical cycle of the Church, get to know the pastor, the customs, and the prayer life of the parish. This is probably the most important step. It’s one thing to be attracted to the Divine Liturgy, it’s quite another to live the daily life of a particular tradition.
- After much prayer and the approval of the pastor, what is required is to draft a letter to the local Eparch (bishop) of the particular Church you would like to transfer to. The letter should include the reasons for the request and a brief explanation of your experience in the Eastern Church. The reasons given should be genuine and legitimate. A request of transfer so a man can marry and apply for the seminary to avoid celibacy would be rejected. A transfer of rites is a serious step and one that can only be taken once, so discern, pray, and discern.
- The Eparch will review your letter, potentially talk to your pastor and if he judges positively, he will get in touch with the Latin rite bishop and request that you be transferred to his jurisdiction. If the Latin rite bishop has no objection, then you would be all set. You would be informed by the Eparch or your pastor of the acceptance.