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Using Personal Titles #9: Roman Catholic Religious Titles, by Dennis Oliver

 

Using Personal Titles #9:
Roman Catholic ReligiousTitles

 

There are many different religious offices in the Roman
Catholic Church and each has its own title. Different titles
are used for the Pope and for cardinals, archbishops,
bishops, monsignors, priests, deacons, superiors
of religious orders, monks, and nuns:

In speaking,

for . . .   use this title:
the Pope   Your Holiness
cardinals   Your Eminence
archbishops   Your Excellency
bishops   Your Excellency
monsignors   Monsignor
priests   Father
deacons   Deacon
superiors
(men)
  Father
superiors
(women)
  Mother
monks   Brother (Name)
nuns   Sister (Name)

In writing a letter,

for . . .   use this address:
the Pope   His Holiness (religious name)
address
or
His Holiness the Pope
address
     
cardinals   His Eminence (Name),
Archbishop of _____
address
     
archbishops   The Most Reverend (Name),
Archbishop of _____
address
     
bishops   The Most Reverend (Name),
Bishop of _____
address
     
monsignors   The Right Reverend
Monsignor (Name),
address
     
priests   Reverend Father (Name)
address
     
deacons   Rev. Deacon (Name)
address
     
superiors
(men)
  Fr. (Name), Superior
address
     
superiors
(women)
  Mother (Name), Superior
address
     
monks   Brother (Name)
address
     
nuns   Sister (Name)
address

In writing a letter,

for . . .   use this greeting:
the Pope   Your Holiness:
or
Most Holy Father:
    &nbs p;
cardinals   Your Eminence:
    &n bsp;
archbishops   Your Excellency:
     
bishops   Most Reverend Sir:
or
Dear Bishop ( surname):
     
monsignors   Dear Reverend Monsignor:
or
Dear Monsignor (surname):
    & nbsp;
priests   Reverend Father:
or
Dear Fr. (surname):
    & nbsp;
deacons   Rev. Deacon:
or
Dear Deacon (surname):
    & nbsp;
superiors
(men)
  Rev. Father Superior:
or
Dear Fr. (religious name):
      ;
superiors
(women)
  Rev. Mother Superior:
or
Dear Mother (religious name):
     
monks (men)   Dear Brother (religious name):
      ;
nuns (women)   Dear Sister (religious name):

_________________________________________

 

Special Notes:

1.  

In the past, superiors and members of religious
communities (monks and nuns) were often
oknown only by their religious names. Now,
however, it is more common to use the religious
name and the actual surname:

in the past:

Brother Thomas

now:

Brother Thomas Jones

     
2.  

Written addresses for superiors and members
of religious communities often include the
initials of their religious order (for example,
O.S.B. for Order of St. Benedict). If you
use these initials, write a comma after the name
and then write the initials:

Brother Thomas Jones, O.S.B.

     
3.   Other Christian groups often have different
offices, and even if the name of the office is
the same, the title might be different. Some
of these titles will be in later Hints.

 

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