Intentional communities are places where people can be role models for each other to grow in discipline and ability. The Deaconess Anne House has done that for me, helping me form better habits and work harder toward my goals.
Its focus on systemic change and constant discussion of philosophy and theology have given my work ideological fuel. Its discernment-based curriculum has given me clear direction. And, its Benedictine Rule of Life creates routines and expectations for chores, worship, and relationships that develop positive habits.
While at the Deaconess Anne House, I've worked as a community organizer, giving students leadership training and supporting them in political campaigns. The set of ideas that comes with organizing has made me disciplined and motivated, but also aloof and demanding. Feedback from my housemates, reminders from the Rule, and regular prayer have helped magnify the good and minimize the bad. The success I’ve had as a community organizer is attributable to the structure and culture of Deaconess Anne House, which has helped me gain clear direction and constant reminders to live up to my values. For a person who wants to grow in discipline and ability, there is no better place than Deaconess Anne House.