Conversational Method of Address to Priest


#1

I call the priests I know…

  • Fr. (first name)
  • Fr. (last name)
  • Depends on circumstance
  • Other

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#2

I go by “Father Middle name,” because my last name is constantly mispronounced, and it’s easier than going around correcting everyone all the time, and I don’t go by my first name.

-Fr ACEGC


#3

Diocesan = Fr. Last Name

Religious = Fr. “First” name

Any priest I don’t personally know = Fr. Last Name or what they ask to be called.

This is generally how it has worked out for me.


#4

If I’m talking to one, it’s Father first-name. If it’s a letter (I admittedly haven’t written one to a priest yet), I would address it to Reverend Father.


#5

So, essentially your first name? I’d assume you’ve always gone by your middle name?


#6

What if there are multiple priests in the room?


#7

Fathers! :smile:


#8

I simply go with “Father,” period, or “Monsignor” for my cathedral’s rector. He knows whom I’m talking to.


#9

You need to single out one of them


#10

Father Third From The Left!


#11

Then Father first-name. If they have the same first name, then Father last-name.

If they have the same first and last names, then it’s, “Hey you with the face and the collar!” :rofl:


#12

It depends on how they introduce themselves to me. Most seem to like Father first name, a few (mostly older) like last name, and some (like my cousin and a dear friend from childhood) I just call by their nick names. Military chaplains are usually Father last name, but sometimes use their military rank instead


#13

Father Last name or just Father

Off topic but when would religious be addressed using “Brother” as opposed to Father?


#14

Yes, I’ve always gone by my middle name. Perhaps we might say I’m “Father Given Name.”


#15

When they have taken vows, but are not ordained.

The universal term for both priests and brothers is ‘friar’, I believe.


#16

Not every religious is ordained a priest thus making Br. appropriate for those not ordained a priest. In some communities, the default is to call everyone Brother whether ordained a priest or not.


#17

Ok thanks. Are most brothers eventually ordained? Does it depend on the order?


#18

Depends on the order.


#19

It depends on the order. Some specifically enter the order for a religious priestly vocation, others enter as brothers and are selected by their superiors to be ordained on a per-need basis for the community (the Carthusians are an example).


#20

Depends how they address me —whether we’re on a formal or first-name basis.


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