An Episcopal Visitation is the official pastoral visit of the bishop to a congregation. Canon law requires bishop's to visit every congregation in their diocese at least once every three years, Bishop Akiyama's goal is to visit parishes once every two years.
During a visitation the bishop will: examine the condition of the congregation, oversee the clergy, preach, confirm, preside at the Eucharist, and examine parochial records.
In addition, a bishop's visitation will be an occasion for baptism and/or confirmations, at which the bishop will preside.
In preparing for an Episcopal Visitation please read through the Bishop's Customary and the Visitation Guidelines. Visitations are scheduled with the Bishop's Executive Assistant, Christina Harutunyan - ChristinaH@diocese-oregon.org, working with the Bishop's schedule and the schedule of the congregation. Please reach out to Christina to schedule your visitation.
Please remember to complete the Pre-Visitation Form at least 60 days before your scheduled visitation. In addition to the Pre-Visitation Form, please submit a draft bulletin and/or a copy of that Sunday's liturgy to Bishop Akiyama at least 2 weeks/14 days before your scheduled visitation.
There are some traditional days throughout the liturgical year that the bishop visits particular parishes.