Join The Community of Saint Anna
Why become a member of the Community of Saint Anna?
Christian tradition affirms that each member of the community provides essential blessings for all (I Cor 12:22). In our fast-paced contemporary world, however, the importance of the gifts of wisdom, emotional support, and kindness offered by women are often underestimated and overlooked.
The Community of Saint Anna provides an opportunity for women to devote themselves to the virtues of listening with the ear of the heart, prayer, moderation, and peace included in the Rule of St. Benedict, and to adopt the simple devoted lifestyle modeled by the Beguines. By following these values and practices, we hope to reflect the compassion and understanding of God for all – without exclusions – and become transformed by His love.
Although all Christians are called to pray for one another, each member of the Community of Saint Anna dedicates her time, love, and energy to this task in a special manner as a religious vocation. With life experiences that have equipped her to pray about all the circumstances of life, no matter how painful, foolish, or far from God they seem, she will embrace a ministry of prayer for all, nurtured and freely given.
Members of the Community are affectionately called Annas to convey our secular devoted mission and identity rather than Sisters, a title that implies vowed consecration. We offer our prayer and compassionate listening to all within the Church and society, for “it was [Christ himself] who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.” (Ephesians 4:13-4:16).
We hope to inspire single adult Christian women whose spirituality is aligned with these values to consider the mission and vocation of the Community of Saint Anna.
What are the requirements for becoming a member of the Community of Saint Anna?
An Anna is:
a woman who is single and without responsibilities that could be neglected by her dedication to this ministry. Women may be single due to any circumstance including divorce, permanent separation, and widowhood. For divorced Catholic women, an annulment is not needed for membership.
- a woman who is rooted in her Christian community of worship as a faithful member of her parish and is blessed by its leader (generally, the pastor) to adopt this ministry.
- a woman whose religious faith is compatible with values of of listening with the ear of the heart, prayer, ongoing conversion, balance, and peace included in the Rule of St. Benedict, as expressed within Anglican, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and other Christian communities.
- a woman of any age who has enough life experience to accept the truth that every person, including herself, “has fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), that we all make mistakes, and all of us need the understanding and mercy of others.
- a woman with the maturity and desire to listen to the needs of people with wisdom, patience, and compassion, reserving judgment to God alone.
- a woman with the time, energy, and discipline to devote to this ministry.
- a woman who is willing to participate in the building of the Community through personal contacts, where possible, and technology.
- a woman who is willing to adopt the intercessory prayer routines and, where appropriate, the common dress of the community at church services so that those who seek her ministry can identify her more easily.
Does this describe you? If it does, please contact us. We are confident that God, who will not be outdone in generosity, will lavish blessings on all who pray for others as well as those for whom we pray, whether known to us or to God alone.
Like dandelion seeds that trust themselves to the wind, we lift our hearts to God.
The Members of the Community of Saint Anna