Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are examples of Christian living in faith and conduct. They strive to grow in holiness through the Eucharist, the sacrament of unity and love. 

Candidates must be actively living the Catholic faith, have been confirmed, attained the age of eighteen, and reside in the Archdiocese of Hartford. They must attend an Archdiocesan training session, which lasts about three hours. Candidates are then commissioned by the Archbishop or his appointed delegate for six consecutive years. There is also some additional training at St. John’s. Eucharistic Ministers exercise their ministry on a regular basis. Twice a month is the minimum, weekly is preferred. They may distribute Communion under both forms at Mass, as well as bring Communion to the sick, homebound or those Catholics in a nursing home.