Society of Saint Anna the Prophet (SSAP)

Introduction to the community

The SSAP is a vowed religious community of elder women in the Episcopal Church USA. Their mission is Godly aging and ministry with the old and young, particularly those who are not able to participate in a parish. The Society has formed six congregations of elders in senior living communities, celebrating Holy Eucharist and offering pastoral care.

In addition to the corporate ministries of the Society, individual ministries within Episcopal parishes and in the workplace fulfil the sisters’ call. Several of the Annas are caregiving grandmothers. Some are retired and focus on a more contemplative life. A few are themselves now living in care.

The SSAP is a dispersed community, and sisters are single, widowed, married, and partnered. Their ages range from 56 to 91. Embracing vows of simplicity, creativity, and balance, the Annas are committed to their own Godly aging and the challenge of being a prophetic presence as elders in the Church and in the world. Each Anna creates a personal regula which structures her day-to-day spiritual disciplines. Leadership of the Society is vested in a council of six sisters. Episcopalian women over fifty may apply for a provisional year of discernment.

SSAP group photograph

Contact details


Main address: 
SSAP Chapter House, 1655 Rainier Falls Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA

Mailing address:
SSAP, PO Box 15118, Atlanta, GA 3033, USA

Community information

Date of foundation:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Anne Hodges-Copple, Suffragan Bishop of North Carolina



Founder and Superior: Revd Nan Baxter
Assumed office Feast of the Presentation 2005

Assistant Superior: Katherine Mitchell


Julia Bottin
Peggy Courtright
Alice Davidson
Maggi Ewing
Revd Eloise Hally
Revd Ruth Healy
Revd Katharine Hilliard-Yntema
Marilyn Hughes
Revd Lori Lowe
Adair Maller
Revd Mary Moore
Jane Moser
Laura Pittard
Eleanor Pritchett
Revd Lily Anne Rein
Revd Katherine Roberts
Linda Claire Snyder

Sally Addis
Elizabeth Allan
Gwen Bottoms
Marjorie Chandley
Revd Cynthia Hizer
Joyce Hunn
Revd Patricia Merchant
Ann Ottesen
Revd Joan Pritcher
Revd Barbara Ryder
Karen Swenson
Lynn Tesh
Revd Carolynne Williams

Novices: 5
Postulants: 1 Provisional