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. They are licensed by the bishop of the Diocese of San Diego in accordance with Title III, Canon 4, Sections 1 and 7 and they report to the rector, vicar or priest in charge. Their 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, engaging in inappropriate conduct or failing to successfully complete the Safeguarding God’s People training at least once every six years.
- Nominated by the rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge
- Nomination endorsed by the vestry or 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
- Attendance at a diocesan training event for Eucharistic Visitors is required
- Successful completion of Safeguarding God’s People training is required
It is strongly recommended that Eucharistic Visitors always go in pairs when visiting private homes. It is acceptable for them to go individually to hospitals and other sites where there is no expectation of privacy. It is also recommended that Eucharistic Visitors be commissioned annually using the service found in the Book of Occasional Services 2003 on pages 189-90.