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Eucharistic Ministers

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Job Description

A Eucharistic Minister (EM) is a lay person authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a celebration of holy Eucharist licensed by the bishop of the Diocese of San Diego in accordance with Title III, Canon 4, Sections 1 and 6. EMs report to the rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge. The term is indefinite, providing that the license is not revoked due to the licensee transferring to another congregation, becoming inactive at the church at which the license was issued or engaging in inappropriate conduct.


  • Nominated by the rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge
  • Nomination endorsed by the vestry/bishop’s committee
  • Confirmed communicant in good standing
  • Displays in his or her life the values reflected in the Baptismal Covenant
  • Regular and faithful attendance in worship
  • A reconciling presence
  • Lives out the Good News
  • Welcomes the stranger
  • Respects the dignity of every human being


The nominee should be trained formally by the rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge, or another qualified source. The EM may attend training for Eucharistic Visitors if desired (optional). Successful completion of Safeguarding God’s People is encouraged but not required.

It is recommended that Eucharistic Ministers be commissioned annually using the service found in the Book of Occasional Services 2003, on pages 189-90.