Bishop Edgar da Cunha has issued a decree that all diocesan permanent deacons now have the option to wear clerical attire when performing ministerial duties such as hospital visits, weddings, baptisms, funerals, etc. Permanent deacons can now wear a clerical collar. The specific color decreed by the bishop for the deacon is “grey” to distinguish him from the diocesan priest who wears black. The deacons may also wear other identifiers such as the deacon lapel pin, especially if the deacon is wearing a suit jacket.
Our Deacon David Pepin has welcomed this opportunity to cloak himself in this new ministerial attire which is put forth to instruct all of us of that the deacon is an ordained minister of the church.