Episcopal Visitations are one of the minis-tries that I enjoy the most, because they give me the opportunity, as Pastor, to listen to my people, and to be in communion with them.
-Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
A parish visitation is when the Bishop visits a parish in order to encounter his community, interchange experiences with the priests and religious, recognize and commend the efforts of the parish community and its ministries by celebrating the spirituality of the parish faithful, and experience the life of the parish through the services it offers. Additionally, it allows the Bishop to provide guidance and focus into the future of the parish through pastoral recommendations based on the Diocesan Vision.
Bishop visits two parishioners who are ill and home bound.
Has Meetings with Parish staff, Parish youth, Pastoral & Finance Councils and Ministry Leaders.
Meet's Individually with Priests, Religious, Deacon (s) and wife.
Visit's the School (If parish has one).
Meet's with the school principal, staff and the classrooms.
Bishop presides at Masses
If time permits Bishop may meet with other groups.