The people of St. Patrick’s are young and old, black and white, rich and poor, conservative and liberal. We embrace the virtue of love and reject hate and discrimination. Our common identity is not found in looking alike, acting alike, or all believing the same thing, but in our common faith in Jesus Christ. And we are an open and friendly group who likes to have fun, who never takes ourselves too seriously, and who find a reason to laugh at ourselves!
The mission of St. Patrick’s is to enfold others in God’s love, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nurture in each other the growth of the Holy Spirit, and bring all who will come into our parish family.
What we believe
St. Patrick’s relies on the theology of Anglicanism as well as the Lutheran tradition. We believe in a generous orthodoxy that incorporates the best of Catholic and Protestant theology, tradition, and worship.
We are Catholic. By this, we mean that we are still led by bishops who can directly trace their apostolic lineage in an unbroken chain of succession to the first apostles commissioned by Jesus himself, and as such maintain the catholic faith that was first received from the apostles. We rely on the Nicene and Apostles Creeds as statements of faith, we affirm Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, and we celebrate the sacraments of the church as means of grace by which we experience God.
We are also Protestant. Regrettably, during the sixteenth century, the church found itself in need of change. Because change would not come from within, the Reformation brought back to the forefront certain parts of the Christian faith lost or neglected. Among those were a primary reliance on Scripture in understanding the Heilsgeschichte (God’s work of salvation in the world) and in discerning God’s will, that church services be conducted in a language that the people could understand, that the reliance on a foreign bishop is not necessary to be the church fully, and that clergy be allowed to marry.
We are fully Catholic and Protestant. Because the catholic church had existed since the early centuries after Christ, and because bishops in apostolic succession were already in place, the Anglican Communion was able to experience and embrace tenets of the Reformation fully without breaking away from the catholic faith once received from the first apostles.
History and facilities
St. Patrick’s was begun as a mission congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and with the support of St. Paul’s Church in downtown Albany. As Albany grew in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was decided that the Episcopal Church should grow with it. St. Patrick’s was originally located on Homewood Avenue, where it remained for nearly forty years.
In 2004, the people of St. Patrick’s began looking again to the future and chose to move the church to its present location in northwest Albany, following growth trends in that part of town. The current location was once a pecan grove, but is now home to our beautiful and growing church.
In 2007, St. Patrick’s dedicated its first building, which served as a multi-use building (including worship space) until 2014. In 2014, St. Patrick’s grew again and built a new church to be a dedicated worship space. This building includes the Lutheran Chapel of our Saviour, dedicated in honor of our Lutheran friends and members.
Currently, St. Patrick’s is home to an outside prayer labyrinth and columbarium, including an outdoor altar that is dedicated to the late Pastor Bill Diamond. He was the Lutheran pastor when the Lutherans came to call St. Patrick’s home. He passed away shortly after Lutheran Church of Our Saviour came to be with St. Patrick’s. He is dearly missed. The outdoor area is used for the Easter Vigil and other outdoor services, and it is a lovely setting for outdoor weddings.
LCOS at St. Patrick’s
Since September of 2012, St. Patrick’s has also been home to a group of Lutherans. The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour existed on its own for over sixty years before coming to be a part of St. Patrick’s. LCOS @ St. Patrick’s officially supports the 9:00 service, though all are free to come to either service. This is possible because of the Call to Common Mission, also known as Open Communion, between The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Click on the LCOS link at the top of the page for more information.