Deaconess Anne House
St. Louis, MO
Located in an historic and culturally diverse neighborhood in urban St. Louis Missouri, Deaconess Anne House invites women and men to take part in a holy adventure of Christian service and intentional community. In many respects, Deaconess Anne House is a commune of disciples learning the complexities of following Jesus Christ in the 21st century. Check out our website!
Deaconess Anne House takes its name from a dedicated deaconess who worked tirelessly in the service of some of St. Louis’ most vulnerable citizens during the early 20th century. Deaconess Anne worked in a Settlement House (Holy Cross Mission) located in the same neighborhood. The good deaconess’s love of Christ and love of neighbor continue to inspire us to today.
We believe our neighborhood location is an indispensable component of our mission. Members of Deaconess Anne House are encouraged to leave the confines of their house often and join the neighborhood in its common life. In theological terms, we call this intentional effort to be with our neighbors “incarnational living,” but no matter the words you use, living together as a “village” makes life more interesting, fulfilling, and holy. You cannot “love your neighbor as yourself” if you don’t know your neighbor’s name.
Spiritual formation and exploration is an essential component of life at Deaconess Anne House. Members participate in Holy Communion weekly and prayer daily. The flavor of this ritual is contemplative, joyful, inspiring, and communal.
Members also follow the Monastic practice of forming and following a common “rule of life.” The rule grounds members spiritually, encourages prayer and reflection, and keeps members accountable to each other as they live together in community. Retreats, formation days, mentors, theological education, and conversations with neighbors living in a close-knit neighborhood all supplement the members’ journey of spiritual exploration.
Following in the steps of Deaconess Anne, our members embrace a life of service. Members spend 32 hours a week working in local not-for-profits focused on education, ecological justice, neighborhood renovation, fair housing, and health and family services. Not only do our members work for positive change in St. Louis, their time of service also provides them with invaluable experience that helps form them into dynamic leaders and competent professionals. As a bonus, a year’s work at our not-for-profits also looks good on applications for employment and higher education. To see an article about The Deaconess Anne House published in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CLICK HERE.
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