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Bishop’s Institute Summer Offerings We are excited to be able to offer face-to-face training once again and are pleased to announce summer training opportunities, Listening Hearts Mentor Training, Eucharistic Minister, and Eucharistic Visitor Training. There is no...
Listening Hearts Mentor Training
The Bishop’s Institute offers a series of training sessions for people who will prepare others to work in community to discern a call to ministry in each convocation. Through this series of small “retreats” participants will gain an understanding of this practice and be ready to consult with Discernment Groups in local parishes as part of the diocesan response to a person who seeks to clarify a call from God to ministry. After completing this series, participants will train Discernment Groups as they are called and formed to guide the aspirants to come to clarity about and be able to articulate their call.
Eucharistic Minister Training
A Eucharistic Minister is a layperson, licensed by the bishop, to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister shall act in concert with and 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. Training participants must be confirmed members in good standing. Participants should obtain and read Manual for Lay Eucharistic Ministers: In the Episcopal Church Paperback by Beth Wickenberg Ely, available online.
Eucharistic Visitor Training
A Eucharistic Visitor is a layperson who has experience as a Eucharistic Minister, has participated in additional training, and is licensed by the bishop for this ministry. A Eucharistic Visitor is 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 shall act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the community of faith.