I am converting to Catholicism (joining RCIA later this year).
I used to go to a Methodist church, and I was baptized last year by a pastor (most likely Methodist) in Mexico.
I received a certificate.
Most likely it was done in the Trinitarian formula.
Methodists do use the Trinitarian formula, but the pastor lives and preaches in Mexico, so I question as to whether he was truly a methodist pastor (and hence would most likely use the Trinitarian formula).
There is also the certificate (I don’t currently have it, but pretty sure it says it was done in the Trinitarian formula).
The thing is I don’t remember the exact words the pastor said when I was baptized, and as the worried type of person I am, I am concerned as to whether it is truly a valid baptism.
Now here are my questions.
Because I PERSONALLY am not completely certain that it was a valid baptism (Trinitarian), can I ask and receive a conditional baptism even if my certificate says it was done in that Trinitarian formula? (and we can’t contact pastor because he lives in Mexico). Is it ultimately the priest’s decision as to whether I can receive a conditional baptism or can I receive it because even though most evidence would point it to being a valid baptism, I personally am not certain that it was.
I learned that the conditional baptism is private. But isn’t the confirmation and Eucharist usually taken place right after the baptism (for those with age of reason, like me)? If it is private, then is the conditional baptism done the day before and the last two initiation rites are the next day?