Forms of Address

OFFICE INSIDE ADDRESS, ENVELOPE OR FORMAL LISTING WRITTEN GREETING CONVERSATION
Archbishop The Most Reverend Christian name Surname  Dear Archbishop or Dear Archbishop Surname  Archbishop
Bishops The Right Reverend Christian name Surname  Dear Bishop or Dear Bishop Surname Bishop
The Dean The Very Reverend Christian name Surname Dear Dean Surname Dean
Archdeacons The Venerable Christian name Surname  Dear Archdeacon Surname or Dear Archdeacon Archdeacon
Canons The Reverend Canon Christian name Surname  Dear Canon Surname  Canon
Priests and Deacons The Reverend Christian name Surname Dear Christian name Dear Mr/Dr/Mrs/Ms Surname or Dear Father Surname* Christian name Mr/Dr/Mrs/Ms or Father*

*Do not use “Father” unless absolutely sure that the priest wishes to be called Father

The abbreviation of titles is acceptable.  In the Diocese of Perth it is preferred that the full title be used (as per above). 

Examples of abbreviation are:

  • The Most Revd
  • The Rt Revd
  • The Very Revd
  • The Ven
  • The Revd Canon
  • The Revd

'Reverend', 'Right Reverend', 'Very Reverend', 'Most Reverend' and 'Venerable', whether abbreviated or not, should ALWAYS be preceded by the definite article (“The”).  The form “Reverend Surname”, “The Reverend Surname” or “Reverend” should NEVER be used.

Correspondence to clergy and their spouse should be addressed:
The Reverend Christian name Surname and Mrs Christian name Surname

Correspondence to a married couple both of whom are in holy orders should be addressed:
The Reverend Christian name Surname and The Reverend Christian name Surname