St. Anne Catholic Church and Shrine

St. Anne Chapel was founded in 1908 and the St. Anne Church and Parish were established in 1951. St. Anne is a bilingual parish, holding masses in English and Spanish.

St. Anne, Mother of Mary

Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the wife of Joachim and the mother of Mary. She is the grandmother according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Her name means “grace” or “the gracious one” or “the loving one.”

We have no certain knowledge of St. Anne. She is not mentioned in the New Testament, and we must depend on apocryphal literature, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, which dates back only to the second century. In this document we are told that Anne, wife of Joachim, was advanced in years and that her prayers for a child had not been answered. Once as she prayed beneath a laurel tree near her home in Galilee, an angel appeared and said to her, “Anne, the Lord hath heard thy prayer and thou shalt conceive and bring forth, and thy seed shall be spoken of in all the world.” Anne replied, “As the Lord my God liveth, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God; and it shall minister to Him in holy things all the days of its life “ And thus Anne became the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.