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The Society of St. Anna the Prophet
Welcome from the Superior
The Society of St. Anna the Prophet (SSAP) is a dispersed monastic community of Episcopal women over the age of fifty. We are lay and ordained, single, married, partnered and widowed, retired and still employed. The SSAP is an inclusive community, committed to diversity and to racial healing. We are open to the influence of other traditions, and some of our Sisters practice meditation and draw from non-Christian spiritual practices.
The community is dedicated to a way of life and to ministries which demonstrate the Godliness of elderhood, both in our own lives and the lives of those to whom we minister. We are a community of prayer. Each Anna has a soul friend or spiritual director, and our lives are structured around prayer, both individual and corporate – prayer for each other, for those we love and for the greater world. In response to the isolation of the pandemic, we turned to Zoom and other virtual platforms, which have made our common life more accessible to all of us. Since March of 2020, we have gathered on Zoom for Noonday prayer each day except Sunday.
Our primary ministry is to elders, particularly those unable to attend a parish church, and we also have corporate and individual ministries to the very young. Before the pandemic, Annas worked together on ministry teams to celebrate Eucharistic liturgies and offer pastoral care in six elder residences in the Atlanta area. We are beginning to return to our congregations as it becomes safe, and we are delighted to be back.
The SSAP was founded in 2005 by the Rev. Nan Baxter, who served as the founding Superior of the Society from 2005-2022. I am honored to have been elected by my Sisters to serve as the second Superior, for a five-year term.
Do you feel a calling to ministry with elders? Do you long to live more intentionally into your own aging and deepen your life with Christ? Are you drawn to the structure and spiritual life of a vowed monastic community? If so, we hope that you will prayerfully consider discerning a vocation with the SSAP, and we would be delighted to talk with you about it.
The Bishop Visitor of the SSAP
The Rt. Rev.Anne Hodges-Copple, retired Suffragan Bishop was the first woman elected bishop in Province IV on January 26, 2013. She was consecrated on June 15, 2013, at Duke University Chapel. Her ordained ministry experience included parish ministry and campus ministry at Duke.
As Suffragan Bishop, she was particularly involved in the ordination process for the diaconate, ministry in higher education, young adult ministry, ministry among Spanish speaking communities, oversaw lifelong Christian Formation, Galilee Ministries (new communities), global ministries and the pastoral care of retired clergy and spouses.
In retirement she serves on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, is a trustee of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and serves as the Bishop Visitor of the SSAP.
Bishop Hodges-Copple and her husband John have three adult children and three grandchildren.
News & Events
Our second vow retreat on the vow of Simplicity was held in August in the beautiful mountains of Hayesville, NC. Our third retreat on the vow of Creativity was held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in nearby Conyers. Our gifted leader was the Rev. Ruth Pattison of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.
Retreats are an essential part of our life in community. We hold three retreats each year, one on each vow. Our first Vow Retreat was a memorable, powerful pilgrimage by bus to the Legacy Museum/Peace and justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. We seek Balance in...
On Sunday, June 18th Annas gathered at the Church of the Epiphany to see off our precious Anna Ruth to Connecticut to live with her sister, Sylvia. We are an Episcopal religious community with sisters close and some at a distance. Anna Ruth joins our distant sisters...