Order of precedence in the Catholic Church


Order of precedence in the Catholic Church

The order of precedence in the Catholic Church is contingent upon the organization of the hierarchy, including both the Hierarchy of Order and the Hierarchy of Jurisdiction, as well as various honorary titles.

This page is intended as a simple list reflecting the order of precedence established by the Holy See. For more detailed information on the Catholic Church, or descriptions of the ministers and offices listed below, please go to those pages.

Order of precedence

The Pope
Patriarchs
The Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria
The Melkite Greek Patriarch of Antioch, of Alexandria and Jerusalem Ad honorem
The Maronite Patriarch of Antioch AND The Syrian Patriarch of Antioch (by date of elevation)
The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylonia
The Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia
Cardinals
Cardinal-Bishops
Dean of the Sacred College
Vice-Dean of the Sacred College
Other Cardinal-Bishops of Suburbicarian Sees (by date of elevation)
Cardinal-presbyters (by date of elevation, and then by order of listing in the consistory)
Cardinal Protopresbyter
Other Cardinal-Presbyters
Cardinal-Deacons (by date of elevation, and then by order of listing in the consistory)
Cardinal Protodeacon
Other Cardinal-Deacons
Major Archbishops
The Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church)
The Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Syro-Malabar Church)
The Major Archbishop of Trivandrum (Syro-Malankara Catholic Church)
The Major Archbishop of Făgăraş and Alba Julia (Romanian Greek Catholic Church)
Primates or Presidents of the National Conference of Bishops
Titular Patriarchs
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
The Latin Patriarch of Venice
The Latin Patriarch of the West Indies (vacant since 1963)
The Latin Patriarch of Lisbon
The Latin Patriarch of the East Indies
Metropolitan Archbishops
Diocesan Archbishops
Coadjutor Archbishops
Titular Archbishops
Bishops
Diocesan Bishops
Coadjutor Bishops
Titular Bishops (includes auxiliaries, curia staff, and diplomats)
Superiors General of Religious Orders
Prelate nullius
Archimandrite
Abbot nullius
Abbot
Exarch apostolic
Vicar apostolic
Prefect apostolic
Apostolic administrator
Prelate of Personal prelature
Protonotary apostolic (Monsignor)
De Numero
Supranumerary
Religious superior/Provost
Vicars General or Archdeacons
Vicars episcopal or Diocesan Directors of Ministries
Honorary Prelates of His Holiness (Monsignor)
Vicars forane, Deans, Canons, and Diocesan Consultors
Archpriests
Chaplains of His Holiness (Monsignor)
Pastors or Pastoral Life Coordinators
Hieromonks (priests of religious orders)
Priest administrators
Parochial vicars or Pastoral associates
Permanent deacons
Pastoral assistants
Transitional deacons
Subdeacons (in Eastern Churches)
Religious Brothers and Sisters
Scholastics
Catechists (Commissioned/Certified)
Acolyte (Installed)
Lector (Installed)
Seminarians, Deacon candidates, and other theology students

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