Use of the Most Reverend

How to Address a ‘Most Reverend’

The Most Reverend is not an office or rank. Rather, it is a courtesy title used when addressing a high member of the clergy such as an Anglican archbishop, or a Roman Catholic bishop. Confirm the office held then by the individual then check the specific listing for the clerical office to see which is the correct courtesy title.

The Most Reverend is used in the same pattern as ‘the Reverend’. ‘The Most Reverend’ is used before a (Full Name) or (initial[s]) + (Surname). Examples of correct forms include:
—-• The Most Reverend Mark M. Phillips
—-• The Most Reverend C. M. Phillips

The Most Reverend describes an individual: An office is not the most reverend, the person is most reverend. It is always followed by a person’s name:
—-Incorrect: The Most Reverend Archbishop of Brisbane
—-Correct: The Most Reverend Mark M. PhillipsThe Archbishop of Brisbane

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