A couple of years ago, I attended an investiture of the Brown Scapular at my local parish. The ceremony was officiated by one of the parish’s permanent deacons. A priest was not present. A few days ago, I came across an article that stated only a priest may enroll someone in the Brown Scapular. I went on to read several other articles saying the same thing. My question is, was my investiture licit? Can a deacon officiate? Can a priest or bishop delegate this responsibility?
No, a deacon cannot do this. No, this cannot be delegated to a deacon or anyone who isn’t a priest. A priest must do this.
It used to be that the priest had to be a Carmelite. That is no longer the case. Any priest can enroll you in the Brown Scapular.
Here is a good page with answers to frequent questions about the Brown Scapular. HERE
Bottom line: Ask a PRIEST to enroll you in the Brown Scapular.
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