Eucharistic Ministers Guild

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A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized and licensed by the Bishop to administer the Consecrated Elements at a celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Contact:             Tony Gecan      asgecan@yahoo.com

I'm Tony Gecan and I've been at the cathedral since 1983. I was a Roman Catholic and was formally received as Episcopalian in 1984. My career was in aerospace and defense, retiring in 2011 from Raytheon as a senior engineering fellow. I have served three tours on the vestry and was senior warden for a year in the 1980s when Bishop Howe was the dean.

I began serving as a Eucharistic Minister (EM) back in the mid-80s. At that time the EMs were also the readers/ lectors. I've been an EM and a lector ever since and am now the chair of this ministry, responsible for scheduling and training. I am a student of ancient Greek history and language and am able to speak a little modern Greek. I got involved in this ministry because ... I was a Roman Catholic seminarian in my youth and an altar boy. Becoming involved in the EM ministry was a natural to me, given my background. One great blessing I've received from this ministry is ... Everyone at the cathedral should have a ministry, and this one is mine. Having spent four years at a Benedictine monastery while in the seminary, I'm a bit of a choir monk at heart; liturgy is very important to me.

The EMs assist in the distribution of Communion during our liturgy and are an integral part of the liturgy altar team. EMs may also serve as lectors for certain services. We are always looking for new EMs (especially for the 5 p.m. service on Saturdays and the 8 a.m. Sunday service). We presently have about 30 EMs. Typically, an EM will serve at least twice per calendar quarter. Anyone interested in serving should contact the church office for an application. You must be licensed by the Bishop before you can be trained to serve. Feel free to talk to me about the EM ministry on any Sunday (I'm usually at the 10:15 a.m. service) or e-mail me with any questions (asgecan@ yahoo.com).