How to Address a Monsignor


Envelope or address block on letter or email::
—-The Reverend Monsignor
—-(Full Name), (post nominals as appropriate)

Letter salutation:   How to Address a Monsignor
—-Dear Monsignor (Surname):    monsignor

—-Monsignor (Surname)
—-Monsignor    How to address a 

See These Related Links: ----------Archbishop ----------Bishop ----------Brother ----------Cardinal ----------Deacon ----------Monsignor ----------Mother Superior ----------Nun | Sister ----------Pope ----------Priest

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

How to Address a Retired Monsignor?

We are working on our Honor Roll of Donors and do include our donor’s title in their listing. Today a donation came in from a retired Catholic priest  – actually a Monsignor. How should I handle him now that he’s retired?
——-Retired Monsignor (Name)
Or maybe he goes back to:
——–Father (Name)

—-—-—-– Valerie

Dear Valerie:
Clergy continue to be addressed with the forms of address for their rank or office when they retire. A retired monsignor might be identified in an introduction as being ‘retired from (a specific job or position)’ – but, his forms of address in writing or conversation stay the same. You don’t mention ‘retired’ as part of his name.

– Robert Hickey How to Address a Monsignor

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"