How to Write a Thank You Note to a Priest

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Writing a thank-you card can seem challenging no matter whom you are writing to. When addressing a priest, it is easy to feel even more anxious about what to write, as you want to show your gratitude without being disrespectful. Regardless of why you are writing, it is important to be honest and to keep your message concise.

Purchase or make a thank-you card and envelope. You can find thank-you cards in any card shop, major pharmacy, or grocery store. It is best to choose a card that is simple and has minimal writing inside the card to allow space for your own message.

Begin by addressing the priest formally by writing Father and the priest’s last name. For example, if your priest's name is John Smith, you would address him as Father Smith. "Father" is an appropriate title for Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox priests. It is not appropriate to address the priest by his first name, unless you know he prefers to be addressed that way.

State immediately why you are writing. Express your appreciation for the recipient's involvement in this matter. In an online forum post on writing thank-you notes, Leslie Harpold suggests “mentioning the past and alluding to the future.” This can be as simple as saying it was nice to see the priest at a recent event, and that you look forward to seeing the priest at an upcoming service.

Close your message by restating your appreciation and signing the note, preferably with your first and last name. You can write "Sincerely" and your name; however, it is best not to refer to God or offer divine blessings, as this may be insulting to the priest. You can personally deliver your note to the church or send your card through the mail.

Mia Faller started writing in 2006. Her career includes news and features articles for her university newspaper, "The Clock," book reviews for "The Weirs Times" and print and electronic newsletters for Annie's Book Stop and the New Hampshire Humane Society. Faller's writing interests include animals, religious/metaphysical studies, yoga, body modification and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Plymouth State University.