Use of the Venerable

How to Address a Venerable

The Venerable is not an office. Rather, it is a courtesy title used when addressing a high member of the clergy such as an archdeacon. Confirm the office held by the individual, then follow the link in the list at right.

—-The Venerable is used when addressing certain members of the clergy in writing following the same pattern as the Reverend.

—-The Venerable is used before a (Full Name) or (Initial[s]) + (Surname). Examples of correct forms include:
——–The Venerable Mark M. Phillips
—-—-The Venerable C. M. Phillips

—-‘The Venerable’ describes an individual: The person is a venerable person. It is not used in front of (to describe) an office:
—-—-Incorrect: The Venerable Archdeacon of St. Paul’s Cathedral
—-—-Correct: The Venerable Mark M. Phillips
—-—-Correct: The Archdeacon of St. Paul’s Cathedral

– Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see 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, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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