Licensed Lay Ministers

In the Diocese of Rhode Island, the Bishop will license a lay person to any of following ministries at the request of the priest in charge of his/her congregation. In order to be considered for licensing, a lay person must be a confirmed communicant in good standing. The license is issued for three years and may require additional training before renewal.

An Application for Licensed Lay Ministries can be found Application – Licensed Lay Ministries. Once the required training is completed, the priest in charge contacts the Bishop Office by email to attest to the completion of the training and request that a license be issued.

Eucharistic Minister – a lay person who is authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. Before licensing, the nominee will receive training in his/her church. Application – Licensed Lay Ministries >

Eucharistic Visitor –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 reasons of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. In order to be licensed, the nominee must attend the Eucharistic Visitor Training offered by the Diocese and complete Safe Church requirements as well as practical training in his/her own church.

Worship Leader – a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy of his/her congregation. Before licensing, she/he must meet the training requirements of the Diocese which includes attendance at the Diocesan Worship Training Program as well as practical training in her/his own church.