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Father A. A. Taliaferro


A.A. TALIAFERRO was founder and pastor of St. Alcuin's Community Church in Dallas, Texas. For more than 40 years, he lectured and taught classes on comparative religion and applied modern mysticism. He was an active member of the Rosicrucian Order (AMORC) for more than 50 years, and was also a member of the Masonic Order.

Fr. Taliaferro attended Berkley Divinity School at Yale University and Seabury Western Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, and holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Seabury. In 1945 he founded St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. He remained as rector of that church until 1962, when he resigned to devote himself to writing, lecturing and counseling.

An accomplished musician, Fr. Taliaferro studied orchestral conducting with the great French conductor Pierre Monteux from 1935 to 1938. He studied music at Brown University and the University of Michigan from 1930 to 1935, receiving his master's degree from Michigan in 1938.

ST. ALCUIN'S Community Church, was a nondenominational church organized in 1960 for the purposes of worship and study. It held Sunday services regularly up until 1993, and had no affiliation or relationship of any kind with any other organization.

St. Alcuin, who was the great inspiration for the educational and religious work of Charlemagne, was the patron saint of Fr. Taliaferro's congregation. His personal motto was: disce ut doceas - "Learn that you may teach." In his schools he used another form of the same motto: Qui non discit in pueritia, non docet in senectute - "He who does not learn when he is young, will not teach when he is old." He was the organizer of the monasteries and the schools of learning which were intended to bind the Holy Roman Empire, and his work was undoubtedly the foundation for the Renaissance of the 13th, 14th and subsequent centuries.

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