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Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training Workshop

August 23, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The diocese will be offering quarterly workshops for Eucharistic Visitors. These learning sessions will serve as a resource for prospective congregation-based trainers and Eucharistic Visitors. Whether you are a novice, interested in being a trainer, or a seasoned Eucharistic Visitor, opportunities abound to learn more, develop or improve skills and become more proficient in how we serve God and the church.

How we become involved in the church’s ministry as Eucharistic Visitors varies. For some, an inner sense tells us, “this is what I ought to do” for some, our clergy asks us about becoming involved in this ministry. Others may be requested by their priest, deacon, or warden to fill a need in the congregation. Beyond how we begin our involvement in lay ministry, God’s reality calls us to do so. Jesus’ words to his first disciples also apply to us: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you.” [John 15:16]

The workshop will include conversations around What Does It Mean to Care, Small Group Role Play/Case Studies, Eucharistic Visitor Preparation, and Reporting and Tracking Eucharistic Visitations. The workshops, convened and led by The Rev. Canon Nancy R. Holland, Deacon, will be via ZOOM from 9 am – 2 pm, with two short breaks and a 30-minute midday break.

You are expected to read and study two books in advance of the training: With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life, by Henry Nouwen; and A Manual for Eucharistic Visitors, by Beth Wickenberg Ely. Financial assistance is available. Have questions or need additional information? Please get in touch with Deacon Nancy at nrholland@cox.net or 619.823.8998.

There is no cost to attend. The diocese has Lay Licensing requirements to be met before workshop participation (click HERE for more info).

Requirements for Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training

  • Communicate with clergy at home congregation to express interest in Lay Eucharistic Visitor training.
  • Register for Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training
  • Read With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life, by Henry Nouwen; and A Manual for Eucharistic Visitors, by Beth Wickenberg Ely before the training
  • Attend full training

Requirements for Eucharistic Visitor License

  • Confirmed member in good standing of The Episcopal Church
  • Nomination from clergy at home congregation
  • Completed Safe Church Safe Communities training
  • Completed Background Check through The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
  • Completed Antiracism training
  • Completed EDSD Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training


  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



August 23, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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