Mission: To be formed spiritually, to live deep in neighborhood, to be transformed by service!
How we achieve our mission: Corps members, young adults ages 21-29, are invited to live in community while being nurtured in concepts of social justice, spirituality, leadership, and serving the St. Louis community through one of our not-for-profit partners. This year is intended to be rooted in Christian spiritual formation with a balance between work, personal growth, and neighborhood/community relationships.
What our Corps Members do:
Live in Intentional Community
Corps members live together in a community house located in the historic Old North St. Louis neighborhood where they form a common Rule of Life based on the Benedictine spiritual tradition. The Rule, a guide rather than harsh taskmaster, serves as a framework for the community’s personal interactions and prayer life and offers a structure on which the community's life can grow.
Work for Justice and the Common Good
Corps members are called to commit to anti-racism and anti-oppression work in themselves, their approach to service, and their community participation. Corps members participate in formation, at times led by our partner organization Undo Bias Consulting, to reflect on and un-learn systems of oppression and develop intercultural competency. Corps members are placed in a local not-for-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for residents of St. Louis, especially the poor, the sick, and the marginalized. Our work placements fit into one of four broad categories, direct service, social justice, ecclesial, and neighborhood enhancement.
Gain Invaluable Skills and Experience
We have partnered with a variety of placement sites, all of which offer DAH members a rich and rewarding experience. Corps members can expect to gain leadership skills that transfer to life far beyond their year of service. In addition, by living in community, our corps members learn how to build healthy and meaningful relationships, equipping them to be capable and compassionate community members, coworkers, and leaders.
Study, Learn, and Grow Spiritually
Deaconess Anne House is committed to the formation of engaged Christians whose faith informs all aspects of their lives. Christ engaged his political, social, and economic context, and it is our desire to teach corps members how they can engage their context with the Gospel that Christ lived and taught. You don't have to be Episcopalian to be a part of the program. The DAH formation program provides an opportunity for corps members to become lifelong learners and focuses on: