The Brown Scapular


The most current published rules and guidlines concerning the Brown Scapular that we have been able to find are in a pdf called Scapular Instructions:

Scapular Instructions; 20/1/1945;
      Imprimi potest: JOSEPH E. NUGENT, O.Carm., Comm. Gen.
      Nihil obstat: F. MOYNIHAN, Censor Deputatus.
      Imprimatur: DANIEL MANNIX, Archiepiscopus Melbournensis

If anyone should know of more current printed regulations which authorize the relaxations of the practices, that seem to be in effect at this time, then we would be most interested in hearing about them. Please contact us at


Specifications  Scapular Instructions see pg 3 "Legislation on the Scapular Itself"

Wool Brown Scapulars with Silver Miraculous Medal

  • 2 3/4" x 2" dimension - the smallest documented allowable size
  • Para-cord strings: thin but super strong.
    String lengths 17" but you may request lengths up to 30"
  • Woven wool cloth as required for this Catholic sacramental
    Gold-colored cross embroidered on felt for second layer
  • Sterling Silver Miraculous Medal -
    No coatings or heavy metals next to your skin.
  • US$30

The Scapular Medal  Scapular Instructions see pg 4

Most importantly, the distinguishing reward of assured salvation is not mentioned in the Papal decree on the Scapular medal. Still all the Indulgences attached to the wearing of the cloth Brown Scapular are also attached to the Scapular Medal, except for the 300 days granted for the veneration therof. The medal was mainly instituted for natives in the tropics and not for Europe and America.

Registration  Scapular Instructions see pg 3 "Necessity of Registering Names"

      According to the book The Scapular Devotion by Carmelite General, the Most Rev. P.E. Magennis, the registration of the names of those enrolled in the Scapular Confraternity with a house of Carmel is a "sacred labour" 1 and of extreme importance due to the spiritual ties that bind the two 2 . Only the Pope can make permanent or temporary changes to this as indicated in the book when Carmelite Generals implore various popes for a relaxation on the rule. From time to time, during war and plague, the pope did grant a dispensation from enrolling names, but then those dispensations were revoked by future popes.

     We can find nothing in print later than the 1945 pdf above that changes the legislation regarding the need to enroll. If anyone has such documentation, we would be very interested in hearing about it. Various Carmels in the USA tell us is that there have been no registrations for as long as they can remember - at least 40 years, although some do keep a register for those names that happen to be submitted.

    Although it is unclear to us what the present regulations ought to be, the Church has always taught that laws giving priviledges are to be encouraged and understood in the broad sense. The Church wants people to use sacramentals and not have to have scruples about the validity of such.

   Missionaries and misionary societies, are always exempt from having to submit the names of the enrolled with a house of Carmel. The Society of St. Pius X is a missionary society and has specific permission both to enroll the faithful in the Brown Scapular and to be dispensed from submitting names for registration.

   The registration of names had always been the duty of the priest who is enrolling people in the Brown Scapular 3. if you have been enrolled in the Brown Scapular by a non-missionary priest and you have decided, after reading these pages, that you would feel more comfortable being enrolled, then go ahead and send in your name to a Carmelite convent. Details one should submit are: name of person enrolled, address and date of birth.

1. Most Rev. P.E. Magennis Ord. Carm. Alumnus Prov. Hibern, The Scapular Devotion, Origin, Legislation and Indulgence attached to the Scapulars (Dublin, Ireland: M.H. Gill and Sons. LTD., 1923), 24.

2. Savaria, J.T., Le Scapulaire de Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel (Montreal, QC Canada Monastere des Carmelite, 1898).

3. Megennis, The Scapular Devotion, 24.