Holy Etiquette: The Proper Way to Address Church Officials of Different Ranks

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Ever wonder how to properly address Church officials of various ranks? Never fear – we’ve got you covered!

This list isn’t exhaustive, but it will help you in most situations!

Mother Superior

Reverend Mother

Priest

Father

Reverend

Monsignor

Monsignor

Reverend Monsignor

Archbishop & Bishop

Your Excellency

Your Grace

The Most Reverend

Cardinal

Your Eminence

Most Eminent Cardinal

Patriarch

Your Beatitude

Pope

Your Holiness

(Most) Holy Father

Next time you meet a high-ranking Church official, you’ll be ready!