Lay Anointers

The Church’s ministry to the sick and those in distress is based on Jesus’ constant concern and care for those in need. This is reinforced by the Epistle of James’ admonition to the sick to call for the elders of the Church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. James expects this rite to have three effects:

  • the prayer of faith will save the sick
  • the Lord will raise them up
  • their sins will be forgiven (Book of Alternative Services, Ministry to the Sick, p. 551)

Anointing with oil is a healing ministry intended to be situated within the life and worship of a parish or faith community. It’s not considered a private or individual ministry, but a ministry of the whole of the Church.

The annual training of lay anointers is offered each year to support pastoral care provided in parishes. Each anointer is licensed by their area bishop and works under the supervision of parish clergy. Lay anointers receive further support through refresher days held each year on topics helpful to their ministry.

For information about the ministry of lay anointing, contact the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger at 416-743-1993 or

Upcoming Events:

Lay Anointers Training Weekend – Postponed!

Arrive 7 p.m. Friday, depart 1 p.m. Sunday

Location: The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD), 233 Cummer Ave., North York

For individuals recommended by their clergy to be trained and equipped for the ministry of lay anointing in the parish. Licenses may be granted by the area bishop on successful completion of the lay anointer training course. Those training for this ministry will attend the full training weekend (Friday evening to Sunday after lunch).

To attend, registrants require a letter of support from their supervising clergy in advance or at time of registration to be sent to the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger, 26 Bellehaven Cres., Scarborough, ON M1M 1H4.

Clergy are also required to register online for the Saturday afternoon session, about 1 ¼ hours in length – there is no cost for clergy to attend this session.

Registration and fees

Registrants may register as a commuter or may register to stay in the SSJD Guest House for the weekend. A limited number of rooms are set aside, so early registration is encouraged.

Residential Option: $350 for the weekend (includes the course, 2 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday).

Commuter Option: $225 (includes the course and lunch on Saturday and Sunday)

Payment is by PayPal upon time of registration.

Preliminary agenda:
7:00 p.m.        Arrival and room check in
7:30 p.m.        Welcome & overview of the weekend
8:00 p.m.        First Session: On Prayer
9:15 p.m.        Compline

7:45 a.m.               Breakfast
8:30 a.m.               Morning Prayer in the Chapel
9:15 a.m.               Session: On the Sacrament of Anointing
10:15 a.m.             Break
10:30 a.m.             Session: On the Ministry of Healing Part 1
11:15 a.m.             Teaching and Practicum #1
12:00 p.m.             Eucharist with Anointing
1:00 p.m.               Dinner
1:45 p.m.               Session: On the Ministry of Healing Part 2
2:45 p.m.               Support and Supervision (clergy arrive by 2:45 pm)
3:00 p.m.               Break
3:15 p.m.               For Attending Clergy – Support & Supervision
For Registrants: Teaching and Practicum #2
4:30 p.m.               Break
5:00 p.m.               Evening Prayer in the Chapel
5:30 p.m.               Supper
7:00 p.m.               Social time and time to connect
8:30 p.m.               Compline

8:00 a.m.               Eucharist in Chapel
9:00 a.m.               Breakfast
10:00 a.m.             Session: Sharing Time, Historical Reflections on Anointing, Experiences of a Lay Anointer, Q&A – Your Questions Answered
11:30 a.m.             Final Questions/Evaluation – Your input is valued
12:30 p.m.             Lunch
1:00 p.m.               Departure