If you are a Protestant or Evangelical Christian desiring to become Catholic your journey may not be so much about an initial conversion to Christ but an ongoing following of where he is leading you. If you’ve made the decision to become Catholic, then the next step is to begin the process to coming into full communion with the Catholic Church by understanding and committing to the practice of the Christian faith as it is lived out in the Catholic community.
What is meant when people refer to men and women coming into “full communion” with the Church?
Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for men and women who are baptized Christians but not Roman Catholics. These individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called “candidates,” usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Some preparation may be with catechumens preparing for baptism, but the preparation for candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities.”