Eucharistic Minister and Visitor Licensing
From TITLE III, CANON 4: Of Licensed Ministries
A confirmed communicant in good standing or, in extraordinary circumstances, subject to guidelines established by the Bishop, a communicant in good standing, may be licensed by the Ecclesiastical Authority to serve as Pastoral Leader, Worship Leader, Preacher, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Evangelist, or Catechist. Requirements and guidelines for the selection, training, continuing education, and deployment of such persons, and the duration of licenses shall be established by the Bishop in consultation with the Commission on Ministry.
A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith. (The Diocese of Long Island requires that all training for Lay Ministers happens on the congregational level through the parish)
A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner 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 any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith. (The Diocese of Long Island requires that all training and certification for Eucharistic Visitors happens on the Diocesan level)
Attaining a Eucharistic Visitor License
ALL the following requirements (3) must be satisfied to attain a lay Eucharistic Visitor License:
Once ALL of the requirements have been satisfied, please submit a completed and signed Eucharistic Visitor request form – link to safechurchEV@dioceseli.org for the issuant of your Eucharistic License.
Please note – the original license will be sent to the parish for their records. They will be instructed to make a copy for the parish files and the original should be given to the recipient of the license.
Safe Church Training
Issuance of Eucharistic Visitor License
Training Workshops at Mercer School of Theology
Obtaining a Background Check