I was raised in a Christian household, but I was never baptized, and was an atheist for several years. I made the decision about a year and a half ago to become Catholic, after several months of research, study, and feeling a “calling” to Christianity. Through my discernment (and in working with my pastor) I feel like the Byzantine rite is where I’m being led. However, I live in a state where the only rite of Catholicism we have here is the Latin rite. My understanding, as my pastor has warned me, is that there is a long process to formally change from one rite to another.
Since I am not yet baptized, and am on track to be received into the Catholic Church this Easter, is there any way, barring waiting until I have frequent access to a Byzantine rite parish to convert, that I may become Eastern Catholic? I don’t want to deny myself the sacraments, but nor do I want to go through the process to change rites when I know now that I want to become an Eastern Catholic.