How does a busy ER doctor become a catechumen?


#1

I was married in the Catholic Church seven years ago. My husband is a Catholic and I have never been baptized. I have attended church with my husband (irregularly) for the past nine-plus years. I want to be baptized and become Catholic, and raise our children in the Catholic faith.

My concern is that I am an emergency room physician and I cannot attend Sunday classes regularly for any period of time. I spoke to a priest about my desires while we lived in another state and was told that I “needed to make sacrifices” to become Catholic. When pressed, he told me that the classes needed to take precedence over the job. I understand that in concept, but there is no way an ER doctor can get all Sundays off. That is one of our busiest days; and we are caring for the sick and the underprivileged more than any other medical doctors… I cannot abandon them!

Is there any way to take the classes privately or study on my own or otherwise accomplish my goals without giving up my life’s work?

Thank you.


#2

Not all parishes have the same RCIA schedule. When I was in RCIA myself, our meeting night was Tuesday. I recommend calling around to various parishes in your diocese to get an idea of the options available. If you cannot find one with a compatible schedule, or if you cannot find one that is willing to help you fit instruction into your schedule, I recommend contacting your diocese for assistance. If you continue to have trouble, please contact Catholic Answers directly for further assistance. God bless.


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