Although the practice varies from diocese to diocese, in general Eucharistic Ministers are recommended by the parish priest to the bishop of the diocese who grants them a license to practice the ministry.
Required is the reading of a book on the subject and hands on training at serving at the church and serving the homebound or sick in their homes or the medical facility. Jonathan Clay and David Pike were instructed by Mike Wilton, an ordained deacon. The two men received their license during a public service at Christ the King. In addition to receiving their license, the new Eucharist Ministers also received a hand-man wooden Communion kit.