The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Liturgical Assistants

One form of lay ministry in the church is that of a "liturgical assistant," and some of these require a license from the bishop. 

These include a Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, and Worship Leader. (see below for definitions)  The Office of the Episcopate oversees the licensing of liturgical assistants in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. 

Eucharistic Visitors

As of the end of 2010, all applicants for new or renewed licenses to serve as a Eucharistic Visitor must take diocesan Safe Church training and have a background check completed. This ministry is often with people who are in situations where they can be vulnerable and the change is in keeping with diocesan theology to do Safe Church training. The applicant's rector (vicar/priest-in-charge, interim rector) must verify on the application that the applicant has met those conditions in order for a license to be issued.

Application forms for three-year licenses (complete, sign, and mail)

Definitions from the canons of The Episcopal Church (2006)

  • Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 6  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.

  • Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 7  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.

  • Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 4  A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.