Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. A Eucharistic Visitor should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if available, or other member of the Clergy in that congregation. Training may take place in a congregation, with assistance from diocesan leaders or through diocesan trainings when available.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Reserve Sacraments may not be distributed by a deacon or lay minister within the context of a church service, whether weekday or weekend, when a priest is absent.
Specific requirements for this ministry:
1. Background check
If your congregation does not have an account with a background check provider, the Office of the Bishop may be able to assist with up to five background checks per year per congregation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a background check to be done for the applicant.
3. Understanding of the “Two by two” visitation policy