Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada



The Proper Manner of Addressing Orthodox Clergy

Among the BISHOPS, The Ecumenical Patriarch (Patriarch of Constantinople -- the First Among Equals) is addressed as "His All-Holiness (name)" in writing or reference, and as "Your All-Holiness" in direct address.

All PRIESTS are addressed when speaking as "Father (name)".

DEACONS are addressed as: "Father Deacon" or "Father Protodeacon" (married clergy) or as: "Father Hierodeacon" or "Father Archdeacon" (monastic clergy).

In general, when addressing Orthodox clergy, we use their first name, not their surname. In writing, we may write their name and surname. If the person is a Monk or a Bishop, then the surname has to be put into parenthesis.