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Old Mar 19, '09, 8:24 am
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Default Abbreviations After Priests' Signatures

I wasn't sure if this was the correct place to post this question, but as I saw a priest's signature, followed by O.F.M in an article I was reading, I thought it might be OK. Is there a web site or info source where I can learn what the abbreviations mean? I assume they refer to the priest's order, but don't know for sure, and definitely don't know what they mean.
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Old Mar 19, '09, 8:41 am
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O.F. M. would stand for Orders Friar Minor - the Franciscans.

Here's a link with the abreviations of many orders.
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Default Re: Abbreviations After Priests' Signatures

Originally Posted by Corki View Post
O.F. M. would stand for Orders Friar Minor - the Franciscans.

Here's a link with the abreviations of many orders.
Bless you for posting this! I keep running across order initials that I have no idea what they mean (unless it's SJ, TOR or OFM).
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The letters after a priest's name can indicate that he is both a priest and a religioius. Secular priests do not have initials after their names, because they are not consecrated religious. However, they can be an academic signature. For example:

DD = Doctor of Divinity
STD = Sacred Theology Doctor
JCD = Doctor of Canon Law
STL = Sacred Theology Licentiate
JCL = Licentiate of Canon Law
MARE = Master of Arts in Religious Education
M.Th. = Master of Theology
D.Min. = Doctor of Ministry
D.Th = Doctor of Theology

Many priests have academic degrees in theology, canon law, sacred scripture, religious education or ministry. It is not a requirement, but it is becoming more common.

Only priests with a doctorate degree can become a bishop. It cannot be an honorary doctorate. It has to be an academic doctorate. Pope Benedict has two, an STD and a PhD.

Pope John Paul had three: STD, PhD and another PhD



OSF = Order of St. Francis

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One of the priest's in residence at my Church has J.C.L. at the end of his title, and I though, "What does that mean?" I looked it up and discovered he's a Licentiate in Canon Law! Pretty cool!
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