How would one address a female priest in the Anglican Community?

What do you call a female priest in the Episcopal church?

  • Stack exchanged forced me to restate the question. Mea culpa. – Michael Owen Sartin Oct 8 '18 at 15:23
  • Styles and address are a matter of local etiquette, not the English language per se. The practice in the Republic of Ireland might well be different from that in Australia. – choster Oct 8 '18 at 17:43

It varies, depending on the priestess's and parishioners' personal preferences (believe it or not, no pun intended).

She may be referred to as "The Reverend Cassandra Jones," yet, when addressed directly, she could be:

Dear Mother Jones


Dear Cassandra

See for yourself!

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    I always thought the possessive of priestess has three syllables, unlike for goodness’ sake, which has two. – tchrist Oct 8 '18 at 15:57
  • @tchrist: You're probably right. – Ricky Oct 8 '18 at 16:09
  • Unlike the Roman Catholic church the Anglican church does not use "Father" as an honorific style, title or designation for priests. Some mainly high church Anglican priests adopt "Father" as a title but it is neither compulsory nor official, merely permitted. Therefore one would only address a female priest as "Mother" if she had adopted it as her title. I don't know any Anglican priests (in the UK) who have done this so I wouldn't think of doing so. In the majority of cases I would address them by their Christian name. Having said that I would usually do that with a male priest as well. – BoldBen Oct 8 '18 at 22:23
  • @BoldBen: Yes, some Anglican customs are very complicated. – Ricky Oct 8 '18 at 23:14
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    Or, if you're not yet on Christian name terms, 'Ms Jones'. The American custom of saying 'Reverend Jones' is now widespread in the UK, but is not traditional British usage. – Kate Bunting Oct 9 '18 at 8:46

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