Q. Do permanent deacons always wear the Roman collar?
A. Permanent deacons wear clerical attire according to the norms set up by their bishop. A good percentage of permanent deacons work in secular jobs, where clerical attire would be inappropriate. It is common for a permanent deacon to wear the collar when engaged in formal ministry (spiritual direction, marriage annulment preparation, etc.). Of course, he dons vestments when a liturgical rite requires it.
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