Reverend Christopher Tipton

Fr. Tipton was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 2018.

Read the Arlington Catholic Herald's article on Fr. Tipton.

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I attended and graduated from Christendom College with a degree in Philosophy and Theology in May 2012. During the summers, I would work as a lifeguard and a swim instructor for county pools.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance?

God planted a desire to become a priest at an early age, which I fostered for many years. As I grew older and began to understand the priesthood more, my desire also grew, and I began to ask God to make it clear to me when I should apply to the seminary and take that next step in discernment. Through prayer, it seemed God was calling me to begin my application once I had finished college.

Why do you want to be a priest?

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a priest. I want to serve God by serving His people and His Church in the priesthood.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy reading books, painting, drawing, playing sports, swimming, and good discussions with friends.

What is your favorite quote?

“Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

Tough question. If I had to pick, I would probably choose St. John Marie Vianney and St. Augustine because of their influence and guidance in my life. Their lives, teachings, and wisdom have always inspired me to delve more deeply into my faith to recognize its simplicity, its beauty, and its truth.

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary?

I am blessed to have many holy men aid me in my discernment, and I would reiterate what they have told me. God uses our desires to draw us closer toward Him. If you have a desire to pursue the Priesthood, go for it. God will make His plan for you clear. Fr. Bashista says this beautifully when he says, “Get on the train; if it is not taking you where you are meant to go, you can get off on the next stop.” If you involve God in your discernment, you cannot go wrong.