Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Concerning the Age of Candidate for the Permanent Diaconate, January 1998.


In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 1031, §3, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that the minimum age for both married and unmarried candidates for the permanent diaconate shall be 35 years completed.




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1782.