Saint Aelred Catholic Church
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About Us

Saint Aelred Catholic Church is a Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia. It seeks to worship in the beauty of holiness, to pray and study the Scriptures to grow in love of God and neighbour, to give out of charity to those in need, and to help cultivate a long lost Benedictine spirituality to help renew Catholic Culture.

Saint Aelred Catholic Church is part of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (POCSP). The OCSP was established on January 1, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI in the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus to help former Anglicans reconcile to Mother Church. The POCSP functions like a Roman Catholic diocese; it is a structure also used by the Military in the Catholic Church.

Saint Aelred became a Catholic Community on the Feast of St. Francis 2017. We became a Catholic Church on June 29th, 2019. We appreciate the continuing support of Pope Francis in the mission of evangelization and reconciling others to Holy Mother Church.

We welcome all visitors to Saint Aelred Catholic Church, praying with Christ, "That they all may be one."


In Christ,
Reverend Father Gregory Tipton 

Beautiful Worship
Study of Scripture
Charity for
Those in Need
Distinctive Spirituality

The time will come when the true worshipers will worship in Spirit and in Truth.

[John 4:23]

The Ordinariate seeks to provide a liturgy that is oriented toward The Lord, and not ourselves, by giving of our very best in worship, music, art, and sacral language. It finds inspiration in the Anglican heritage.

The Ordinariate Form is one of three forms of the Mass in the Latin Rite of The Roman Catholic Church, alongside the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms.

They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

[Acts 17:11]

The study of Sacred Scriptures is rooted in praying them daily. The Daily Office is an order for praying in the morning and the evening. It assigns daily, continuous Scripture readings. By praying it every day one will go through most of the Scriptures in one year and learn how The Church connects The Scriptures to daily living. Alongside this we read ancient Christian authors, Patristics, who teach us how to read the Scriptures.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

[Matthew 25:40]

Charity is not an institution or a tax write-off; it is a virtue, a character trait. Charity is a habit of willing The Good for another. We grow in charity as we grow in God, for God is Charity. The Mission of POCSP is no different than the mission of The Catholic Church: Love, especially for Christ's poor. Saint Aelred in particular points to friendships as a way of embodying the cultivation of charity. Let those who therefore desire eternal life, befriend the poor.

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

[Acts 2:42]

The beginnings of The Church were marked by these four elements and we seek to continue this. Christ forms our community around the regular breaking of  the bread, the recitation of The Daily Office, real Apostolic teaching rooted in Scripture and Tradition. This understanding of "community" goes beyond its use as a modern buzzword. The Anglican Patrimony does this by rooting "fellowship" in actual flesh and blood time together that flows from The Eucharist, rather than abstract ideas of community.