Bishop's Visitation   


About Visitations:

Episcopal Visitations are required by Canon III (see below) every three years.  In the Diocese of Maine, episcopal visitations are scheduled in rotation about once every 28-30 months.  Other celebrations, special services/ mission leadership or pastoral care visits may be scheduled 'in between' official visitations by either the Priest in Charge/Sr. Warden or the Bishop.  For more information, to invite Bishop Brown to your congregation, or to request a Visitation date in 2021, please be in touch with Barbara Martin at .   

Calendar & Documents:

2020 Visitation and Service Schedule* 
Bishop Brown's Visitation Workbook (as of 12/20/2019) -- contains all of the necessary documents below in one pdf72141356 10156711273458309 3123788417993801728 o 1
 * Visitations are taking place as possible during the pandemic. If you are interested in discussing a possible virtual visitation, please contact Barbara Martin

From The Episcopal Church Canons:

Title III.12
Sec. 3. Duties (Bishop)
 (a) A Bishop Diocesan, Bishop Coadjutor, Bishop Suffragan, or Assistant Bishop of the Diocese shall visit the Congregations within the Diocese at least once in three years. Interim visits may be delegated to another Bishop of this Church. (1) At every such visitation the visiting Bishop shall preside at the Holy Eucharist and at the Initiatory Rites, as required, preach the Word, examine the records of the Congregation required by Canon III.9.6(c), and examine the life and ministry of the Clergy and Congregation according to Canon III.9.6.    Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, pg 173
III.9.6 Duties (Rectors and Priests-in-Charge) 
  (5) On notice being received of the Bishop's intention to visit any congregation, the Rector or Priest-in-Charge shall announce the fact to the congregation. At every visitation it shall be the duty of the Rector or Priest-in-Charge and the Wardens, Vestry or other officers, to exhibit to the Bishop the Parish Register and to give information as to the state of the congregation, spiritual and temporal, in such categories as the Bishop shall have previously requested in writing.    Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, pg 139  


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