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Online Edition: August 2009
Vol. XV, No. 5

How to Address Church Officials, Bishops, Priests

How to Address Church Officials, Bishops, Priests

We have received repeated inquiries about the proper form of address for bishops and clergy. The proper ecclesiastical forms of address for both writing and speaking vary among countries. The forms of address used in the United States for correspondence and for speaking are given below, along with some mailing addresses of Church officials. (Note: Mailing addresses of US bishops are on the USCCB web site: www.usccb.org/bishops.shtml).

Another useful website is http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org.

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Forms of Address

The Pope

Heading for letters:
His Holiness,
Pope Benedict XVI

Salutation: Your Holiness

Concluding a letter:
I am, Your Holiness, most respectfully yours in Christ,

Speaking: Your Holiness

Cardinals

Heading for letters (examples):
His Eminence,
William Cardinal Levada

or
His Eminence,
Francis Cardinal George

Title:
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or
Archbishop of Chicago

Salutation: Your Eminence

Concluding: Respectfully yours in Christ,

Speaking: Your Eminence

Archbishops

Heading for letters:
His Excellency,
The Most Reverend (first name; last name)

Title: Archbishop of ... (or Apostolic nuncio to ... , etc.)

Salutation:
(formal) Your Excellency
(less formal) Dear Archbishop (last name)

Concluding: Respectfully yours in Christ,

Speaking: (formal) Your Excellency;
(less formal) Archbishop (last name)

Bishops

Heading for letters:
The Most Reverend (first name; last name)

Title: Bishop of ...

Salutation:
(formal) Your Excellency
(less formal) Dear Bishop (last name)

Concluding: Respectfully yours in Christ,

Speaking:
(formal) Your Excellency;
(less formal) Bishop (last name)

Monsignor

Heading for letters:
The Reverend Monsignor (first name; last name)

Salutation:
(formal) Your Reverence
(less formal) Dear Monsignor

Concluding: Respectfully yours in Christ,

Speaking: Monsignor (last name)

Priest

Heading for letters:
The Reverend (first name; last name)

Salutation: Dear Father (name)

Concluding: Respectfully yours in Christ,

Speaking: Father (last name)

Deacon

Heading for letters: The Rev. Mr. (first name; last name)

Salutation: Dear Deacon (last name)
or Dear Mr. (last name)

Concluding: Sincerely yours in Christ,

Speaking: Deacon or Mr. (last name)

Heads of Vatican Dicasteries
Partial list. (See Vatican web site - www.vatican.va)

His Eminence,
Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
Secretary of State
Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano
00120 Vatican City

His Eminence,
William Cardinal Levada
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza del San Uffizio
00120 Vatican City

His Eminence,
Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00120 Vatican City

Addresses of Church Officials - US

His Eminence,
Francis Cardinal George
President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 4th Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20017-1194

or

Archbishop of Chicago
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030

His Excellency,
The Most Rev. Pietro Sambi
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Washington, DC 20017

Addresses - Liturgy

His Excellency,
The Most Rev. Augustine Di Noia
Secretary, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00120 Vatican City

His Eminence
George Cardinal Pell, President
Vox Clara, Congregation for Divine Worship and the
Discipline of the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00120 Vatican City

The Most Rev. Arthur Serratelli
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Divine Worship
Secretariat of Divine Worship
3211 4th Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20017-1194

The Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman
Executive Director
Secretariat of Divine Worship
3211 4th Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20017-1194

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