This Sunday, we had a wonderful Mass and the formal "episcopal visitation" at which we blessed our new Font and renewed our baptismal vows. Then we had a very good discussion, over dinner, with the awesome people in our congregation about ministry, reviewing the past year and looking forward to the next year. It's really great to be ministering with this amazing group of people! Thank you!
An episcopal visitation is a bishop's official pastoral visit to a community of the Independent Catholic Christian Church. This is a time of shared prayer and reflection on the particular ministry of the community. During an episcopal visitation there is a session with the community at large. The purpose of this reflection session is to discern the community's hopes, dreams, and visions under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – and to prayerfully explore how the local community, clergy, and the jurisdiction at large and the bishop can work together to bring these into being.