Bishop Visitations

Bishop Visitations

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.

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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 -, 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.