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 

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—-—-Mother Superior
—-—-Nun | Sister


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.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#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)  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”