How to Properly Address an Archbishop

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The Catholic church has a number of figures in its hierarchy. Most people rarely deal with anyone other than the priest at their parish, or perhaps a nun. An archbishop is an individual with quite a bit of clout in the church and there are certain, accepted addresses that are expected should you be writing to, introducing or speaking to an Archbishop

1 Address an archbishop

In a less formal situation you may address an archbishop as such. For instance, a simple "Hello, Archbishop Johnson" would not be frowned upon.

2 Not go by being too formal

You cannot go wrong by being too formal, though long titles can be cumbersome in conversation. In a face-to-face situation, the formal "your Excellency" is acceptable when addressing an archbishop.

3 Are introducing an archbishop

If you are introducing an archbishop to someone else, or especially to a group, you would want to use the archbishop's full title: The Most Revered (full name), Archbishop of (place name).

4 When writing a letter

When writing a letter, you can use any of the above salutations when addressing an archbishop. The formality that you use is best decided so that it will match the tone of the letter.

Michael Kozlowski began writing in 2006 and has published fiction in Eternal Press, "The Monsters Next Door" and "Scarlett Literary Magazine." He also has a novel-length travel memoir distributed through He spent many years in the manufacturing and construction trades, traveling extensively. Kozlowski attended Wayne State University for graphic design and fine art.