As we age, we have the opportunity to hear and know the new things God is doing! The SSAP is a new thing. Rooted in the Jewish and early Christian traditions of “the widows” and in the monastic movement which began in the 4th century of the Christian era, the SSAP is a community of elder women dedicated to a way of life and to ministries which show forth the Godliness of old age.
The SSAP offers women over fifty the opportunity to live a vowed life in community while living at home, either in the family home or in a senior/assisted living/nursing home. The vowed life of an Anna finds expression in ministry, both within the parish and beyond. In the St. Anna congregations formed in elder care communities, Annas work together on ministry teams to celebrate Eucharistic liturgies and offer pastoral care. Annas who themselves are now living in care are able to continue in ministry as members of the ministry team in their own facility.
The common life of the SSAP is rich with opportunities for spiritual growth. If you have found our web site, you are perhaps looking for a new way to deepen your commitment to Christ as you get older. Are you ready for opportunities to serve Christ beyond parish boundaries? Are you longing for a structured monastic community within which you can be challenged and supported in your aging? Are you interested in being “in training” for frail old age which awaits us all, if we are fortunate to live long years? If so, I hope you will take a prayerful look at our website. We would be delighted to speak to you about discerning a vocation in the SSAP.
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