Visitation From The Bishop

The Bishop visits each congregation in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire at least every two years. At this time, he will typically confirm or receive members of the church, and may also officiate at baptisms, meet with the vestry, attend an adult forum or stay for a special meal. The Bishop no longer hosts regional confirmations - if a congregation has members who would like to be confirmed, but the Bishop is not scheduled for a visit within an appropriate time frame, please contact the Bishop's Executive Assistant Tina Pickering at tpickering@nhepiscopal.org to schedule a confirmation service.  

The Bishop's Visitation schedule September 2016-August 2017

You can also find the 2016-2017 Bishop's visitation schedule on our Events Calendar.

Whenever the Bishop comes to visit your congregation, please fill out a visitation procedures form:

Bishop's Visitation Procedures Form (pdf)

Bishop's Visitation Procedures Form (Word)

Bishop's Visitation Guidelines

After the Bishop's visit, clergy should complete and send in a Verification Form for all confirmations, receptions or reaffirmations. 

Verification Form (pdf)

Verification Form (word)


Permission To Officiate 

Permission to officiate from Bishop Hirschfeld is required by canon for clergy who are not canonically resident in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire and who would like to perform a funeral, wedding, supply, or other priestly duties. Please fill out a "Permission to Officiate" form and email or mail it to Tina Pickering, Executive to the Bishop, at tpickering@nhepiscopal.org. A Letter of Good Standing from the priest's diocese of canonical residence is also required. 

Permission to Officiate request form (pdf)
Permission to Officiate request form (Word)


Marriage and Remarriage

For Canonically Resident Clergy: 

General Marriage Information

Clergy who are canonically resident in New Hampshire are automatically licensed by the State of New Hampshire to perform marriages. Permission from the Bishop is only required if the marriage will take place less than 30 days from signifying their intention to the clergy person - in such case, the clergy person should be in touch the Bishop immediately. Persons intending to be married should sign a Declaration of Intent:

Declaration of Intent

Clergy who are canonically resident in New Hampshire who would like to perform a wedding for any person who has been previously married, must obtain permission from Bishop Hirschfeld for them to be re-married in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire. 

Remarriage Permission Form (PDF)

Remarriage Permission Form (Word)

After the marriage is performed, clergy should complete and send in Solemnization form to complete the file. 

Solemnization Form

For Non-Canonically Resident Clergy:

Clergy who do not live in New Hampshire must obtain permission to officiate from Bishop Hirschfeld. If the wedding to be performed involves any persons who have been previously married, permission to remarry them must be obtained from the clergy person's own Bishop. Evidence of this permission must be submitted to Bishop Hirschfeld along with the Permission to Officiate form and the Letter of Good Standing. 

In addition, clergy who do not live in New Hampshire must fill out the State of New Hampshire marriage form (as well as pay the $25 fee) to obtain a temporary license from the State of New Hampshire. For more information about state requirements: 

Guidelines for Visiting Clergy

Marriage in NH (state brochure)
New Hampshire Marriage Law
State of New Hampshire Marriage Form

After the marriage is performed, clergy should complete and send in Solemnization form to complete the file. 

Solemnization Form

Annual Reporting By Clergy

Those clergy who will not be submitting a parochial report are required to submit an annual report to the Bishop on the "exercise of office" [Canon I.6]. This typically includes Deacons, Licensed Clergy, and those clergy who are ministering outside of a parish setting. Annual Report forms are due each year by January 31. 

Annual Report form for Canonically Resident Deacons

Annual Report form for Licensed Clergy

Annual Report form for Extra-Parochial Clergy


Contact Us With Questions

For additional information and help with any of these procedures, please contact Tina Pickering, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, at tpickering@nhepiscopal.org or (603) 224-1914