[quote=Hermione]Thanks! (And thanks to everyone else who responded!)
My situation is somewhat unusual. I believe I was baptized at the insistence of my grandmother when I was a child. Neither of my parents is religious, so I was raised without any sort of spiritual beliefs.
I would not consider myself a former member of the Orthodox Church (although I suppose that I am officially), because I was not raised in the faith, I was inside an Orthodox Church 2 or 3 times when I was a small child under 10 and probably didn’t know what it was all about.
Furthermore, I was baptized in Russia and have since immigrated here. It would be somewhat difficult to contact the Orthodox church where I was baptized, so we never tried.
I was baptized conditionally, but confirmed normally with everyone else. I felt that I should say that I need conditional rather than regular confirmation, but there were 40 of us standing around the altar and the priest was moving pretty quickly, so I figured that since I had told the RCIA priest beforehand and he didn’t do anything special for me it was okay. Was it?
Do I need to be a member of the Eastern Catholic Church?
If you are Eastern by prior Baptism, then you are. However you may worship in and attend any Catholic Church near you. There would be no need to seek out a Russian Orthodox Church unless you wanted to.