Forms of Address for Anglican Clergy

The following brief notes are intended as a quick reference for individuals wishing to know how to address members of the clergy.  Abbreviations such as Rt. for Right are commonly used but abbreviated and unabbreviated forms are equally correct and given here.

Deacon or Priest

Address (outside of envelope):

The Reverend Jane Smith

The Rev. John Brown

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Ms. Smith

Dear Mr. Brown

 

Canon

Address (outside of envelope):

The Reverend Canon John Brown

The Rev. Canon Jane Smith

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Canon Brown

 

Dean of Cathedral

Address (outside of envelope):

The Very Reverend Jane Smith

The Very Rev. John Brown

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Dean Smith

 

Archdeacon

Address (outside of envelope):

The Venerable John Brown

The Ven. Jane Smith

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Archdeacon Brown

 

Bishop

Address (outside of envelope):

The Right Reverend John Brown

The Rt. Rev. Jane Smith

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Bishop Brown

 

Archbishop

Address (outside of envelope):

The Most Reverend Jane Smith

The Most Rev. John Brown

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Archbishop Smith

 

Revised 7 March 2007

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