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 for catechumen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Catechumen \Cat"e*chu`men\, n. [L. catechumenus, Gr.
     kathchoy`menos instructed, from kathchei^n. See Catechise.]
     One who is receiving rudimentary instruction in the doctrines
     of Christianity; a neophyte; in the primitive church, one
     officially recognized as a Christian, and admitted to
     instruction preliminary to admission to full membership in
     the church.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity
           by a catechist [syn: catechumen, neophyte]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  70 Moby Thesaurus words for "catechumen":
     Christian, God-fearing man, abecedarian, accepter, alphabetarian,
     apprentice, articled clerk, baby, beginner, believer, boot,
     brother, church member, churchgoer, churchite, churchman,
     churchwoman, communicant, convert, daily communicant, deb,
     debutant, devotee, devotionalist, disciple, entrant, fanatic,
     fledgling, follower, freshman, good Christian, greenhorn, greeny,
     ignoramus, inductee, infant, initiate, laic, lay brother,
     lay sister, layman, laywoman, learner, neophyte, nestling, new boy,
     newcomer, novice, novitiate, parishioner, pietist, postulant,
     probationer, probationist, proselyte, raw recruit, receiver,
     recruit, religionist, rookie, saint, secular, sister, tenderfoot,
     theist, trainee, truster, tyro, votary, zealot

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