photo by Morgan Wilt
Father Anne was ordained on October 16, 2021 in Albuquerque, NM through the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests and is now an independent Roman Catholic priest. She has a deep love of the Society of Jesus and Ignatian Spirituality, which blossomed over twelve years of ministering with Jesuits. She earned a Master of Divinity from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and has worked in several parishes in the Jesuits West Province.
Father Anne has participated in a wide range of ministries, including coordinating liturgy, designing faith formation for young adults, organizing parish events, leading retreats, providing spiritual direction, and supporting the LGBTQ community and family ministries. Anne also had the pleasure of running a Jesuit parish as Pastoral Associate. She also has a love of pastoral care, including walking with those who are homebound or close to the end of life. As part of her commitment to the care of creation, Anne rescues senior dogs with special needs and gives them life with dignity through their last days. One of her deepest desires is to use her parish experience to found and pastor an inclusive Roman Catholic community in the Jesuit tradition.
In addition to her formation in the Catholic Church, Father Anne has a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University, along with 24 years of experience in strategic communications, professional writing, and marketing and promotions. She plans to harness this background to work for social justice in and out of the Church, with a special focus on organizing Roman Catholics to win a priesthood that welcomes women.
Deeply grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Father Anne has a passionate interest in participating in the discernment of what the next era of the Roman Catholic Church will look like, how young adults and lay women and men fit in, and how Ignatian spirituality can be at the forefront of this evolution. While many have understandably walked away from the Roman Catholic Church, Father Anne obeys the call of the Holy Spirit to collaborate with God on bringing about equality in one of the most powerful institutions in the world.