Roman Catholic Archbishops

In Britain, Roman Catholic archbishops have no statutory claim to territorial titles or to the use of the salutations ‘Your Grace’ or ‘My Lord’, and such modes of address are not permitted in official and legal documents. However, unofficially and within the Roman Catholic community, these styles are used.

How to Address an Archbishop

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter

My Lord Archbishop (formal) or Most Reverend Sir or Dear Archbishop (social)

 

End of letter

I have the honour to be, Your Grace’s devoted and obedient child (very formal) or I remain, Your Grace, Yours faithfully (formal), or I have the honour to be, Most Reverend Sir, Your obedient servant (officially recognised) or Yours sincerely (social)

 

Envelope

His Grace The Archbishop of Blank or The Most Reverend Archbishop Rose

 

Verbal communication

Verbal: Your Grace (formal) or Archbishop (social) Conversation: His Grace (formal) or Archbishop (of Blank) (social)

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