How to Address an Episcopal Bishop

How to Address an Episcopal Bishop

—-Envelope:
—-—-The Right Reverend
—-—-(Full Name), (post nominals as appropriate)
—-—-Bishop of (diocese)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Bishop (Surname):

IN THE U.K.
Addressing bishops as ‘Your Grace’ is a British form. In the Church of England bishops are granted the precedence of a duke … dukes are addressed as ‘Your Grace’ … and thus by courtesy so are Anglican bishops.

IN THE U.S.A.
The American branch of the church – the Episcopal Church in the USA – addresses its Presiding Bishop as ‘the Most Reverend (Full Name)’ and its other bishops as ‘the Right Reverend (Full Name)’. Both are, in conversation and in a salutation, ‘Bishop (Surname)’.

How to Address an Episcopal Bishop

See Related Anglican/Episcopal Posts:Archbishop
Bishop
Bishop, Presiding
Dean
Archdeacon
Priest, Mother, Father
Brother

Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

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—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”